It is with great regret that I write to inform you that I cannot count myself among the fans of David O. Russell's American Hustle.
Given the outstanding critical and popular response to the holiday movie du jour (or at least the one you can see with your family), I found myself over the last several days in that awful position of trying to defend my contrarian opinion on a well-liked film. "It's because I had just seen GoodFellas the night before and nothing could compare to that (especially not a movie that's so clearly indebted to it)." "I was tired and had a headache through the whole thing, so no wonder I couldn't enjoy it." "The audience was pretty much dead so that really brought down the mood in the theater."—all very valid reasons, but surely there might be something inherent to the movie that left me feeling vague and unexcited when I walked out?Read More