American Gangster

Movie review by Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Violent, drug-fueled drama isn't for kids.

R 2007 157 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 12 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

Morally ambiguous, well-acted and well-directed film with some heavy violence

A solid and pretty great film that Ridley Scott maneuvers deftly. In the hands of someone else this could have gone quite poorly. But with Scott you have finesse, especially in the more elaborate scenes and then those super interesting scenes of just people talking, but with so much skill and high narrative stakes that although the film is long it does not drag. Who is the American Gangster? It seems that there are many responses throughout the film to this question. Scott portrays murky morality and allows the audience to decide. Well acted, well scripted and very well directed. And Ruby Dee's performance! She makes a lot out of a little!
age 18+

Good but very violent crime drama

This is a movie worth wacthing but contains stron violence and very hard drug use plus stron laungage.Best for adults only

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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