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American Gangster

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Ridley Scott

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Plot Summary

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

TOMATOMETER

80%
  • Reviews Counted: 209
  • Fresh: 167
  • Rotten: 42
  • 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, NPR.org, 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.

Magnificent Acting!

Denzel is amazing as usual and Russel Crowe gives his standard stellar performance. The only thing about this i didnt like is that Washington is such a likable guy that his character seemed almost good. And what he did shouldnt be enticing at all. But thats barely a problem, so this movie rocks!

Classic

Although the plot is the typical rise and fall of a gangster, the parallel story of Russel Crowe's good cop character is a good counter-point. Plenty of action, light on politics, this movie is a great rental. Nothing encapsulates the difference between Washington and Crowe as the Thanksgiving scene does - Denzel's character at a large table with several juice turkeys, while Crowe's cop spoons turkey out of a can and crunches potato chips on top of his sandwich. You will not regret this rental.

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