126. American Hustle (2013)
Leonard Maltin's Rating :
Should be :
IMDB Rating : 7.4
Rotten Tomatoes Rating : 93% with critics and 75% with audience
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus : Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.
Leonard says in his review : "American Hustle is overlong, but it’s never dull. It has many great moments, including a reference to Duke Ellington that brought a big smile to my face. But in spite of its many assets, the picture gave me no one to root for, so at the end, I felt nothing."
This was a movie without many people to cheer for, but sometimes life is like that. It was nominated for Academy Awards as Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Best Achievement in Costume Design, Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing and Best Writing, Original Screenplay.
Great acting with a really good story adds up to a very good movie. Much better than the 2 1/2 stars Leonard gave it.