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THE HUSTLER (1961) 4.5 stars

A character study that somehow manages to feel both modern and relevant, yet classically orchestrated during the final years of Hollywood's golden age. Paul Newman gives the performance of his career (and that's saying a helluva lot) and the black and white cinematography is timelessly beautiful. The entire first act is one epic pool game and it's a movie in and of itself. The rest is equally brilliant, filled with melancholy and wisdom. A true classic.

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Robert Rossen