Conclusion: I really don’t know what happened between the time I saw it in theaters a few months ago and then on DVD. It made my Top-10 list of best films of 2013 then when I saw it on home video it sort of dropped a bit. It’s still a good an entertaining film but nowhere near “masterpiece” material. The video and audio on the DVD is above average and the extras are a bit on the low-end side.
'American Hustle' is little more than Scorsese-light
Las Vegas Weekly
18 December 2013
Excerpt: American Hustle opens with a sequence in which con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) painstakingly affixes a toupee to his horrific comb-over. It’s an act meant to symbolize the extent to which the film’s characters attempt to get others to swallow brazen lies, but it can also be read as an unintentional confession on the part of writer-director David O.
Excerpt: Off the back of his success with Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell has brought together another A-class cast for Hustle – that saw nominations in all four Oscar acting categories – and created a strong and clever script. Reinvention is the recurring theme (in case you forget that bit, you’ll be reminded at least half a dozen times throughout the film) as Christian Bale’s Irving Rosenfeld and Amy Adams’ Sydney Prosser forever scramble to make a better...
Excerpt: Despite it not being my favourite this awards season, I was taken by 1970s crime comedy American Hustle – and I won’t lose any sleep if it manages to take out Hollywood’s biggest prize. Off the back of his success for last year’s Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell brought together another A-class cast for Hustle – receiving nominations in all four Oscar acting categories - and created a strong and clever script.
Excerpt: "American Hustle" isn't a memorable crime caper, but it's thoroughly entertaining nonetheless. It doesn't take long to get swept up by the glamour and characters of the time, parading their retro costumes to the sound of a lively 70's soundtrack. Soon begins a battle of wits, each player out to scam the next, in a clever way to keep the story full of suspense. Moments of tension are broken with scenes of laughter, but ultimately there's no real substance to all the cons.
Excerpt: Det finns filmer som lämnar en sittandes i soffan med halvöppen mun och en blick som säger: WTF was that? Och så finns det filmer som lämnar ett så brett leende i så lång tid att ens partner/fru/man/den/det börjar bli rädd. American Hustle är en film som inte tillåter flinet att falna på länge för även om man kanske har sett listigare filmer tidigare (inte många), så kan jag närmast garantera att man aldrig sett så bra skådespeleri och kemi mellan de olika aktörerna.