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    Review: “American Hustle”

    By Kyle | December 26, 2013

    It’s a bit “Argo,” a bit “Boogie Nights,” a bit “GoodFellas.” It’s a breath mint, it’s a chewing gum, it’s a laxative, it’s a hockey puck. My review is up.


    Topics: Movies |

    38 Responses to “Review: “American Hustle””

    1. Obama bin Biden Says:
      December 11th, 2013 at 4:26 pm

      Jenny Lawrence has some nice breastages.

    2. sherm Says:
      December 11th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

      I’ve never thought that I’d be embarrassed to see Steely Dan mentioned in a movie review….

      Nice to see Ms Lawrence show some cleavage though. All growd up now.

    3. Winston Says:
      December 12th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

      You can little hear the axes grinding with this review. Someone gets that upset at a film winning the NYFCC’s award? OK. Negative reviews don’t resonate when people can see the ulterior motives written between the lines. Try not to go Rex Reed on us.

    4. Kyle Says:
      December 12th, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      What’s my ulterior motive? I wrote the review before the NYFCC vote. Anyway why would that constitute an ulterior motive? Sometimes I agree with the rest of the NYFCC, sometimes I don’t. Doesn’t much matter either way.

    5. Rufus Says:
      December 12th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      Although I agree with a lot of your ratings, it becomes painfully obvious you’re not an objective reviewer but someone who just enjoys smacking things down and basks in their own apparent intellect by hoping to get a reaction.

    6. Kyle Says:
      December 12th, 2013 at 6:12 pm

      I call ‘em like I see ‘em. I’m happy to tell people Gravity and Her are brilliant movies.

    7. lh Says:
      December 13th, 2013 at 7:59 am

      A couple of questions… off topic.

      What’s so painful about things that are obvious? Uncertainty is more painful for me.

      Also how does the hope to get a reaction promote basking? If you are still at the stage of hoping, any basking would be be delayed right?

    8. Jules Brouwer Says:
      December 13th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      ‘Her’ is very far from being a great movie.

    9. Union Jack Says:
      December 14th, 2013 at 11:34 am

      hold finger to wind

      blow other way

      contrarian ™ brand

    10. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 11:53 am

      I was looking at the Metacritic page for American Hustle and saw that 45 reviewers out of 46 gave it a positive review, while one lone reviewer gave it a mixed review. I made the off-hand remark that it must be Kyle Smith because you have become a household joke for reviewers hating great films arbitrarily. Low and behold I scroll down and find that it was in fact you with lowest score for the film. Not surprised at all.

    11. kishke Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 12:59 pm

      you have become a household joke for reviewers hating great films arbitrarily

      Sure, which household hasn’t made that joke a time or two?

      Low and behold.

    12. Kyle Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Ronnie, have you even seen the film you’re talking about?

    13. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Yeah, low like Kyle’s skill level at his job. Thanks for catching my error though. I’m not the great writer that Kyle thinks he is.

      I mean there are other possibilities, such as him being the only film critic who actually knows what he’s doing. I mean, how else do you explain how one-third of the time he rates movies higher than the average reviewer, two-thirds of the time he rates movies lower than the average reviewer, and none of the time he rates movies similarly to the average reviewer?

      It could be he just really is great at judging films on a relative basis. I find it more likely that his conservative biases, his contrarian tendencies, and his total lack of ability to use any sort of context for reviewing makes him a hack who should be ignored.

      Again I could be wrong. I’m sure his fans with names like “Obama bin Biden” have an intellectual appreciation for film and are the ones who really know how skilled Kyle is.

    14. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Sourcing for Kyle’s total lack of agreement with other mainstream film critics:

    15. kishke Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 8:43 pm

      … makes him a hack who should be ignored.

      Why, then, are you not ignoring him?

    16. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 23rd, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Oh I’m definitely ignoring him, I’m just warning others to not take his reviews seriously in comparison to other film critics. Sadly, websites like Metacritic give hacks an equal weight, and while I would rather comment on the actual review, the New York Post is interestingly missing a comments section, so I’m left leaving warnings here.

      Again I don’t usually feed the trolls, but when the trolls are given the same clout as professionals, how can one stand by while people are misinformed?

    17. kishke Says:
      December 24th, 2013 at 12:21 am

      You are an exceptionally civic-minded fellow, Ronnie. Whatever would we do without you?

    18. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 24th, 2013 at 1:59 am

      People would probably accidentally read what Kyle writes about films.

    19. kishke Says:
      December 24th, 2013 at 10:02 am

      Yes, and what a tragedy that would be!

    20. Ronnie O. Says:
      December 24th, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      I can’t agree more!

    21. kishke Says:
      December 24th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

      Your life is now so meaningful. Good for you!

    22. Union Jack Says:
      January 2nd, 2014 at 11:52 am

      mr Ronnie o

      you argue with a character of fiction

      not caroline this time but—

      “manhattan conservative”


    23. yankeefan Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 8:44 am

      I suspect “her” is a big hit among the film cognoscenti and the hipsters, as many of the latter are already in long-term relationships with their smartphones. For the rest of us less au courant types, this is an inventive but ultimately creepy snoozer.

      Would’ve made a great “Twilight Zone” episode: self-involved boy meets operating system. Boy falls in love with OS. Boy gets dumped by OS. Enter Rod Serling with cig, to explain it all to us. 22 minutes and out. 2 hours not needed.

    24. Kyle Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 8:54 am

      error. The film captured the Best Picture award from the National Board of Review, a group whose demographic profile is approximately the same as what you’d see at Denny’s in Boca Raton any afternoon at 4 pm.

    25. Kyle Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 8:55 am

      by the way Yankeefan, some blistering words about Oberlin in this new book “Little Failure” by Gary Shteyngart.

    26. yankeefan Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 8:56 am

      In a nutshell, what did he say about the People’s Republic….?

    27. Kyle Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 9:35 am

      rich kids posing as proletarians.

    28. yankeefan Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 9:43 am

      Kind of low-hanging fruit as regards the People’s Republic. Me and my OC posse were mocking that 30 years ago.

      You could always take this to the bank: the worst-dressed, the more radical, the richer the kid. You could graph it.

      I used to wear a tweed jacket and tie to class sometimes, partly to piss of the radicals in skirts.

    29. yankeefan Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 9:44 am

      That is of course, the radical *guys* in skirts.

    30. Kyle Says:
      January 6th, 2014 at 11:10 am

      “Like me, she didn’t understand why a band must dress like a chicken.” said of his girlfriend.

    31. MarctheKing Says:
      January 10th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Great review. I was really looking forward to “Hustle” and came away really, really disappointed. Too much clothing, not enough story. The performances were interesting, but your review nailed it. This film was in love with itself, although not as much as the costume designer was in love with poking fun at 70’s styles. I loved “The Fighter” and “Silver Linings”, but a big fat ‘meh’is all i can muster for David O. Russell’s latest.

    32. pmk Says:
      January 16th, 2014 at 10:44 am

      if only i had read this review before wasting my time seeing this boring said above; acting yes story no.

    33. yankeefan Says:
      January 16th, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Hustle or Slave will probably win, though neither is actually the Best Picture — as if that has anything to do with anything.

    34. PhightinPhil Says:
      January 22nd, 2014 at 5:13 pm


      I’m a little late to the party, but I just saw “American Hustle.”

      I could not have agreed more with your review!

      Terribly overrated film. Certainly not Oscar-worthy.

      Christian Bale WAS the movie. Jeremy Renner was very good as the mayor.

      The rest of cast? If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.

    35. yankeefan Says:
      January 23rd, 2014 at 3:36 pm

      I slightly revise my prediction: Unless there’s a nominated remake of Schindler’s List I don’t know about, I’d bet heavily on 12 Years.

      Hustle runs about 50-50 love/hate among every one I know, and I bet the Academy feels the same.

    36. yankeefan Says:
      January 23rd, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      I loved Hustle start to finish — pure fun for me, and I loved the ensemble —but I’ve gotten an earful from many haters on why they were totally bored by it, etc, and how overrated it was. Really, 50-50 among everyone I know, maybe even 60-40 hate. Guessing the voters might’ve had the same reaction.

    37. Kyle Says:
      January 24th, 2014 at 12:35 pm

      I’m mystified why (some) people like it. I guess I should see it again.

    38. Obama bin Biden Says:
      March 26th, 2014 at 8:46 am


      I watched this over the weekend. Your review of American Hustle was spot on. It was like watching a bunch of kids playing 70’s dress-up. And DeNiro was the best part of this mess. I wouldn’t even mention Boogie Nights and Goodfellas in the same sentence with this garbage.