Hustlers, the new film starring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu, Lizzo, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart and Julia Stiles, hit cinemas in the US on Friday.
Following the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, critics’ reviews have gradually been trickling in. Overall, it’s a big thumbs up, especially for J-Lo – the 50-year-old is even getting Oscars buzz.
Ahead of the Australian release of Hustlers on October 10, here’s what people are saying about the stripper-meets-crime-drama-meets-girl-power film.
“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
“As you’re distracted by all that razzle-dazzle and the movie’s many, many great jokes, Hustlers is quietly composing some deeply profound thoughts about the relationships women build with each other. These ideas percolate in the background of the film and only reach a full boil in its final act.” Emily Van Der Werff, Vox
“This is a deeply feminist film, one where men are given less screen time than the cameoing Cardi B and Lizzo.” Helen O’Hara, Time Out
“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.” Inkoo Kang, Slate
“A lean, fierce take on the nature of female empowerment in an inherently corrupted world.” Clarisse Loughrey, Independent