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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 15
Cast
Christian Bale
Amy Adams
Bradley Cooper
Jennifer Lawrence
Robert De Niro
Jeremy Renner
Louis C.K.
Michael Pena
Jack Huston
Directors
David O. Russell
Screenwriters
David O. Russell
Eric Singer
Running Time
138 minutes

American Hustle
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American Hustle

Plot
1978. Seasoned confidence tricksters Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and Sydney Prosser (Adams) cut a deal with FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) to dob in other offenders in return for clemency. However, Irving’s loose-cannon wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) threatens to derail the plan.


Verdict
An extremely entertaining, brilliantly acted, highly diverting film which — like all hustles — delivers less than it promises. Still, it’s worth being taken for the ride.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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