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Review: American Hustle

Updated: Thursday, December 26 2013, 08:11 PM CST

Grade: C

It's already been nominated for 7 Golden Globes and has a really fun story, but American Hustle's script should have been polished. The characters have style and are interesting, but in the end, you won't care or sympathize with anyone of them. 

In American Hustle, Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a con man who meets and falls in love with beautiful Sydney (Amy Adams), even though he is married to Rosalyn. Together, Irving and Sydney form an agency where people pay them $5000 to turn their money into $50,000, but with no guarantees. Things are going well until they are busted by FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso forces them to work for him involving them in the lives of the mafia there in New Jersey. Everything seems like its going well, but when Irving's loose cannon wife insists she goes to one of the business parties her husband is attending, everything gets way too complicated. 

David O. Russell, known for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, directs this film. All three are very different films, but the former ones are organized, meaningful, and engaging; three qualities that American Hustle doesn't have. The performances for all 4 main stars is top-notch, even the supporting characters all around are brilliant, proving the nominations in all the acting categories. However, the film isn't as intriguing as it should have been. When you watch the trailer, you believe that this film is going to knock your socks off. It won't! I never felt captivated or felt the intensity of the situations that the characters were in. The direction should have been approached a different way. 

To see a trailer of the film, click here!


Ken's Movie Review Grading Scale

A - Superb and solid; a movie that will be etched in your mind 10 years from now

B - Good movie, so good in fact that you would want to see it again before it's out of the theaters; the story may drag in places

C - Average, entertaining at parts; you might want to wait and rent it

D - Lacks a lot from entertainment, plot, realism, development, etc.

F - Terrible and you will want to walk out of the movie; no redemptive qualities whatsoever

Review: American Hustle


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