Nathan’s review published on Letterboxd:
I've given myself a few days to collect my thoughts, and I truly did my best to think about what American Hustle was really about, who it was really for, and most importantly: what the hell I was missing. After my reflection I've come out completely stumped. I get the story, I followed it, and it was admirable in a sense, yet, at the same time, I can’t see how anyone enjoyed this, and I certainly can’t see why this is so widely regarded as one of the best films of the year.
The plot, which continually introduces more and more characters I didn't care about, just seemed like David O. Russell trying to show how big of a budget he had, and once all the characters were introduced, it was like a fight for who could get the Oscar nomination.
"NO! It was me because I’m fat and balding in this one. See? It’s so not like me."
"NO it’ll be me! Look at my incredible accent!"
"NO it’s me! Look at my boobs!"
After all is said and done, I just keep asking myself, what am I missing here?