Hustlers

Critics Consensus

Led by a career-best performance from Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers is a uniquely empowering heist drama with depth and intelligence to match its striking visual appeal.

88%

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Total Count: 233

67%

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Verified Ratings: 8,227
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Hustlers follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

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  • J-Lo is the only reason to see it.

    Sep 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Observer
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  • It's meant as a compliment when strong females are called ballsy, but it would be truer to say that J-Lo's extraordinary creation is vagina-y.

    Sep 15, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • This is a deeply feminist film, one where men are given less screen time than the cameoing Cardi B and Lizzo.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Helen O'Hara

    Time Out
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  • An immediate entrant into the pantheon of female friendship movies, Hustlers-a pretty much perfect film-makes plain the hollowness of so many other iterations of girl power in studio projects. You can feel its heart beat.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Inkoo Kang

    Slate
    Top Critic
  • Scafaria's film is always a blast to watch, resulting in a surprising level of emotional depth.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is at its best when it's about the bond between the women, but it's a theme that doesn't hit home until far too late.

    Sep 13, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • 4d ago
    Think of it as a feminist companion piece to The Wolf of Wall Street or The Big Short. Inspired by a true story, Hustlers follows a diverse group of strippers who wine and dine Wall Street middlemen and execs, feeding off the spoils of their feeding frenzy, and then eventually upping their game, drugging them and fleecing them for one wild night that they'll be too embarrassed to report that next morning. The story grabs you early on and is stuffed full of interesting details about the ins and outs of the stripping industry as well as how to service and manipulate the wealthier men who frequent said clubs. Hustlers becomes a combination of a crime caper, a con artist thriller, and a class-conscious drama about the haves and have nots, but it really becomes a showcase for the talents of one Jennifer Lopez, a woman who does not seem at all close to her fifty years on this planet (her introduction is quite the jaw-dropper). Lopez plays Ramona, the alpha leader of the group, a loving single mom with a healthy distaste for the hand she's been dealt. She is sensational and delivers the best performance of her long career. Even when she's doing bad things, even when she's taking bold risks, there is a moral center to that woman, an unbreakable heart for the people she chooses to let into her life, and it does not budge, which was a poignant note. In many ways she is more the main character than Constance Wu (Crazy Rich Asians), a figure that serves as more entry point than fully-fleshed out character. I enjoyed learning the various tricks of the trade writer/director Lorene Scarfaria (Seeking a Friend for the End of the World) peppers throughout with her love of montage and stylish transitions, but it really picked up after the 2008 financial crash where the women cross over into direct criminality. At first they figure they're just skipping ahead, drugging with MDMA rather than waiting for their marks to get drunk ("Drunk enough to order the bill but sober enough to sign the check," Ramona cautions). Then things get escalated and sloppy and the women are in trouble. It's a fun ride watching the ladies get theirs, and I was challenged to muster much of any sympathy for their Wall Street marks. Part of me wishes more women would be inspired by this movie and follow suit, fleecing the people who fleeced our economy. The movie rides that wave of the good times you know can't last, prolonging the fall we're all anticipating coming. The supporting characters can be a bit weak; several of the other girls involved in the scheme merit one note of description, and some of the humor feels a bit out of place, like a running joke where one of the women nervously vomits often (this is like her single character trait, and it's weird). It's also likely the stripper-centric movie with the least nudity I've ever seen, thanks to Scarfaria treating a sensational story with candor rather than exploitation. Hustlers is a glitzy drama that will entertain you with its flash and then surprise you with its edge. And all hail, Jennifer Lopez, ageless wonder and underrated actress getting her due. Nate's Grade: B
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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