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American Gangster

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Ridley Scott

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About the Movie

Academy Award® winners Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe team with director Ridley Scott (Gladiator) for an epic story as powerful as it is true. Armed with ruthless, street-wise tactics and a strict sense of honor, crime boss Frank Lucas (Washington) rules Harlem's chaotic drug underworld. When outcast cop Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down Lucas's multi-million dollar empire, it plunges both men into a legendary confrontation. American Gangster is "a brutal and brilliant film" (Pete Hammond, Maxim)

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 211
  • Fresh: 168
  • Rotten: 43
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: An intelligent, well-made and seductive movie. – Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Washington's steely grip on his impersonation of Frank Lucas holds the film together. – Todd McCarthy, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: For all its grit, style and atmosphere, Gangster never sweeps you away. It has neither the lurid bravado of De Palma's "Scarface" nor the intimate grasp of the criminal lifestyle you find in Scorsese or Coppola. – David Ansen, Newsweek, Nov 15, 2007

Fresh: Ridley Scott's gangster flick aims high and mostly measures up. – Bob Mondello,, Jan 6, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Best Movie in Cinematography History

This movie is incredible , Denzel and Russle's acting were so amazingly moving and captavating. Absolutley rent this and if you can buy this.

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its here!...i am so super duper excited!..this was a wonderful movie and u should definatley rent it!...yess!...excuse me but i need to start downloading it!....xxoo!...thnx iTunes!..

Absolutely terrible

First movie I've turned off before the ending in a long time. Don't waste your time. Rent Goodfellas instead. I was shocked at how bad it was.

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