People have finally gotten a look at David O. Russell's American Hustle and buzz is growing louder for Jennifer Lawrence's big-haired performance as the wife of Christian Bale's con man.
The film screened twice on Sunday, once at the Santa Barbara Film Society and once on the Sony lot, where the audience was made up mostly of members of the SAG Awards nominating committee. Though reviews are embargoed, reactions to the film have found their way onto the Internet. Pete Hammond of Deadline wrote that Russell has "has another winner with a film that will have strong appeal particularly in the actors branch and at SAG." Tim Gray at Variety simply stated: "Big thumbs up."
Not all the reactions were that positive. Kristopher Tapley of HitFix found the film "pretty flat for the most part." Still, the prospect of J-Law getting in on the Oscar race yet again, this time in a supporting part, is what's getting the bulk of the attention. "She is simply dazzling as Bale’s wife, a total knockout scene-stealer throughout," Hammond wrote. "If she hadn’t already won last year as Best Actress for Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, there is no doubt she might be unbeatable here." Even still, Hammond contends she might be a front-runner anyway, which goes along with what Tom O'Neill at Gold Derby noted: "She could easily pull off an Oscars heist next and do what no other star has ever done: win in a supporting race one year after prevailing in lead." Steve Pond at The Wrap added: "If there was any kind of unanimous verdict, it was that Jennifer Lawrence steals the show."