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Hustlers: Raves and Reviews

Hustlers: Raves and Reviews

Una Chang, Writer

 

Just a few weeks ago, the long-awaited movie Hustlers, featuring a power-female cast of Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Cardi B and Lizzo was released in theatres. The movie received mixed criticism – ranging from critics and the public absolutely praising to criticizing the movie. In this article, I’m going to share some of these responses and write my own thoughts about the movie!


Positive Reviews:

“A giddily entertaining homage to female power that illuminates bold ambition in its stars and director alike, Hustlers is the kind of era-defining film that Hollywood didn’t know it needed.”

-Beth Webb, Empire Magazine

Although the movie was entertaining enough, I have to disagree with Webb’s perspective that the movie pays a homage to “female power”. If female power was about a group of women ganging up on men, drugging them and stealing from them – Hustlers would’ve fulfilled Webb’s review. However, since for many people, their definition of female power is not the one I mentioned above, I don’t know if many can relate to Webb’s praise of Hustlers.

“As the drama kicks in, Constance Wu come into her own and matches Jennifer Lopez, move for move.”

-Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV

This is a review that I can agree with. Constance Wu’s and Jennifer Lopez’s chemistry in the film was very realistic, adding a hint of authenticity to the film.


Negative Reviews:

“It is important to regard the biggest takeaway that a mere representation does not automatically mean great cinema.”

-Mihir Fadnavis, Firstpost

I agree completely with Fadnavis’ statement. Although the movie represented and reflected the real-life event which the movie was based on, the movie didn’t rest great in my heart. It wasn’t bad – just not memorable, which is sometimes even worse (’cause at least you remember the bad ones!).

“Despite the best efforts of JLo, there’s a lot of glamour but not enough depth required to make ‘Hustlers’ a memorable film, however, it may be just enough for a night out”

-Neil Soans, Times of India

As I said before, although Hustlers is not an unforgettable film, it is a good watch for a girl’s night out (or a boy’s night out)!


And that’s it for me! Thank you for spending your time reading this movie review!

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