Films: David O Russell

Accidental Love

  • 2 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 1h 40min
  • PG
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Jessica Biel, Raymond L Brown Jr, Jake Gyllenhaal
  • UK release: 19 June 2015

When waitress Alice (Biel) gets a nail lodged in her brain, her life spins out of control. Writer/director Russell shot this back in 2008, but it was never completed and he's removed his name from this rush-release. Biel has seldom had a better role but you can see why Russell washed his hands of this half-baked mess.

Joy

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 4min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro

Joy Mangano (Lawrence) is a young mother coping with her dysfunctional family; the story traces her invention and development of the Miracle Mop. Russell's screwball drama never really finds its tone and although Lawrence is probably too young, she plays Joy with gusto; only now and again does it rise to the heights of…

American Hustle

  • 5 stars
  • 2013
  • US
  • 2h 18min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O. Russell
  • Cast: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence
  • UK release: 1 January 2014

The Fighter director Russell reteams with Bale for this drama about a con artist forced to work with a federal agent. In this sexy, rollicking crime caper loosely based on a true story, the male actors great but the women sublime: Adams is its heart and soul but Lawrence, as Bale's wife, is a hoot.

Silver Linings Playbook

  • 4 stars
  • 2012
  • US
  • 2h 2min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro
  • UK release: 21 November 2012

Golden boy Cooper teams up with rising star Jennifer Lawrence in O'Russell's tale about a man who loses everything before teaming up with a stranger to get his life back on track.

The Fighter

  • 4 stars
  • 2010
  • US
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Amy Adams

Based on the true story of half-brothers Micky Ward (Wahlberg) and Dicky Eklund (Bale), David O Russell's biopic charts their rise from a white trash neighbourhood in Massachusetts during the 1980s to world welterweight champion (Ward) and jail (Eklund). Featuring some seriously good performances, and a contender for…

I ♥ Huckabees

  • 2004
  • US
  • 1h 46min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O. Russell
  • Cast: Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Huppert, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Lily Tomlin, Mark Wahlberg, Naomi Watts

Three Kings

  • 1999
  • US
  • 1h 54min
  • 15
  • Directed by: David O Russell
  • Cast: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube

A group of American soldiers attempt to locate a hoard of Kuwaiti gold during the Persian Gulf War.