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  • Marcus Dixon
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    Ever since Oscar nominations came out and “American Hustle” tied with the most noms, we’ve seen a steadily increasing stream of negative comments toward the film and its cast. What is the reason for this backlash? And where do you stand personally on the film?

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    Riley
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    The reason is that the Internet disagreed with the critics.  It reminds me of the immediate backlashes against Girls and Boardwalk Empire on the television side.  I side with the Internet.

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    24Emmy
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    Ever since Oscar nominations came out and “American Hustle” tied with the most noms, we’ve seen a steadily increasing steam of negative comments toward the film and its cast. What is the reason for this backlash? And where do you stand personally on the film?

    It had backlash before the nominations. Don’t forget award bloggers were pissed when it did well with the NYFCC. There’s people tired of Jennifer Lawrence and don’t want to see her win a second Oscar so soon and hate the role too.

    I personally like the film, but don’t care to see it win any Oscars. I’m not predicting it to win any either.

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    CanadianFan
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    I think the critics overrated the film, and people were left cold by it. Plus, it was the presumed frontrunner for months, which resulted in a ton of hype for the movie. There is a minor backlash (only on the internet) for JLaw because some believe that she is too young to win one Oscar, let alone two. 

    There’s also the feeling that it is similar in tone to Argo, everyone’s favorite punching bag (once it started winning). Gravity and 12YAS are more serious and less “fluffy”. A lot of bloggers are lumping AH into the “Academy has no balls” picks like The Artist and The King’s Speech

    People also like to hate on David O. Russell for actions that happened over a decade ago. The fact that many posters blew up such an innocuous comment about Jennifer Lawrence’s HG schedule is proof that he has no goodwill with a vocal minority of film buffs. Some people believe that his films are less risky, and that he is just hunting for an Oscar now. What else…? Oh, it’s being compared to The Wolf of Wall Street, and is painted as a rip-off Scorsese pic instead of the real thing, which caused quite a stir when it was released. What impact has AH had on pop culture? Amy and Tina’s joke about the wig factory was a cute line, I suppose.

    Finally, post nomination period, some are pissed that Bale and Adams took Hanks and Thompson’s spots, respectively. 

    So yeah, it’s like the perfect storm of backlash, and it’s only going to grow louder.

     

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    Nicole Dunn
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    I think most of the vocal backlash came from the four acting nominations. I enjoy Christian Bale in the film, but he definitely didnt deserve a nom in wake of Hanks particularly, and a few nominees who others rated. Most felt he rode on the wave of Hustle strength with voters, not his performance. Many had disagreed with critics before, but those who couldn’t vocalize their opinions without seeming petty or ill-informed could do so with this advancement in the race.

    Just on a personal note, I was pleased with Adams nomination as I was a fan of her performance and rated her over Streep and Thompson.

    I disagree with backlash against Lawrence. YES she is young, but her performance didn’t highlight that for me. I thought she was very strong, and whilst casting wasn’t particualry inspired, she is exceptionally talented and I believe she deserves her nom. It shouldn’t matter whether she is young, if she deserving by then all means reward her. The internet likes to take down those who are over-exposed, and she was just a punching bag with factors that shouldn’t affect the race hurting her.

    Bloggers opposing critical opinion always plays a factor in backlash, but I could almost gurantee if it hadn’t done SO well in the nominations, got 4 acting slots or been completely ignored, the internet and critics alike probably would have lost their shit.

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    Baby Clyde
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    The problem with American Hustle is that it’s not that good.

    It’s ok. But 10 nominations???

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    vozas
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    Yeah I mean is this movie about, like, anything? Sure it looks great and I do know about the abscam stuff, but I side with the overused description of this film not being about much more than a bunch of good actors in really well made costumes and props interacting with each other.

    It deserves the tech awards it got plus the hair / makeup one for which it got snubbed, and I really liked Amy Adams in this, but there’s nothing memorable in this movie. Aside from Amy, none of the other actors should’ve been nominated. Jennifer Lawrence is particularly horrid in this.

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    Jennifer Lawrence is very good in this. Not better than Julia Roberts in her category, but a deserving nominee.

    I liked Bradley Cooper as well.

    I think Adams was okay, but nothing special and people like Julie Delpy or Amanda Seyfried deserved the plot over her.

    Christian Bale was god-awful. Razzie win – that what he deserves, not an Oscar nom.

    The movie itself is pretty average to mediocore.

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    GermanGuidanceSystem
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    I think the critics overrated the film, and people were left cold by it. Plus, it was the presumed frontrunner for months, which resulted in a ton of hype for the movie. There is a minor backlash (only on the internet) for JLaw because some believe that she is too young to win one Oscar, let alone two. 

    There’s also the feeling that it is similar in tone to Argo, everyone’s favorite punching bag (once it started winning). Gravity and 12YAS are more serious and less “fluffy”. A lot of bloggers are lumping AH into the “Academy has no balls” picks like The Artist and The King’s Speech

    People also like to hate on David O. Russell for actions that happened over a decade ago. The fact that many posters blew up such an innocuous comment about Jennifer Lawrence’s HG schedule is proof that he has no goodwill with a vocal minority of film buffs. Some people believe that his films are less risky, and that he is just hunting for an Oscar now. What else…? Oh, it’s being compared to The Wolf of Wall Street, and is painted as a rip-off Scorsese pic instead of the real thing, which caused quite a stir when it was released. What impact has AH had on pop culture? Amy and Tina’s joke about the wig factory was a cute line, I suppose.

    Finally, post nomination period, some are pissed that Bale and Adams took Hanks and Thompson’s spots, respectively. 

    So yeah, it’s like the perfect storm of backlash, and it’s only going to grow louder.

     

    ^The majority of this.

    And I think it does suffer suffer comparisons with other films.
    The Wolf of Wall Street does pull off the marriage of comedy and drama more successfully than American Hustle.
    Silver Linings Playbook
    was a more enjoyable, tighter film than AH.
    The Sting
    demonstrates how to produce a period con-movie. AH is in the same league…but not contending.

    Imo, American Hustle was hit and miss in nearly every department apart from the quality and consistency of Amy Adam’s performance. (And I thought Jeremy Renner was pretty good, too.) 
     

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    Gabriel
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    Because it’s overpraised as hell, and there’s nothing more annoying than constantly being told something is amazing when it’s not.

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    I was someone who saw the film before critics were even allowed to write reviews on it, so my expectations weren’t set by them. I thought at the time it was one of the best films of the year and probably the most enjoyable. I stand firmly by these thoughts, with the critics.

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    Ghost
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    I enjoyed it a lot, but when you think about it more the enjoyment wears off.

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    Nessie
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    I dragged my husband to see it, boasting about the rave reviews it was getting.  Halfway through that interminable film, he turns to me “WTF?”

    Some very basic issues with the film were never even brought up by the critics: Bale and Lawrence were 20 years too young for their roles. Nothing in the story made sense because of that miscasting. Adams was OK but certainly not Oscar-worthy. Bradley Cooper was, for me, the person who (along with Renner) survived the film best. But an Oscar nom? Brühl, McConaughey, Farrell and Hanks were all far more worthy of the nod. 

    Bale: I agree with the poster above. He was Razzie-worthy. Worst nomination in the history of nominations. At least Bradley Cooper’s impersonations of De Niro are first rate. Bale’s was annoying. 

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    i love the movie. i’ll stand by it- it’s a modern day screwball type comedy, it’s not supposed to be about anything. none of those old screwball movies were ever about anything either except actors running around and interacting with each other- to me that was an obvious influence here, and that’s where it was successful. it did exactly what it wanted to do. it’s not my choice for Best Picture either, but i won’t dump on the movie for what it is (I think it’s better than the last three winners for Best Picture anyway)

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    It’s a very good movie with amazing performances. Something I can’t say about the internet favorite Gravity.

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