Review Round Up: Ocean’s 8

This spin-off from the Ocean’s 11 films, features an all-star cast including Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock and Helena Bonham Carter. But what have the critics made of it? 

The Guardian: ** “Where, in fact, was the dramatic interest? Nowhere. It just blandly settles on a note of sentimental self-congratulation and unruffled triumph. A group-hug of larceny-lite.”

BBC: ** “The film is never less than breezy entertainment, but never more than an unimaginative diversion.”

Games Radar: *** “Truth be told, Ross’s smart copy of Soderbergh’s house style, right down to the split screens and swaggering soundtrack, simply doesn’t have the original’s magic.”

Variety: “The heist is fun and convincing without being dazzling, and some of the most amusing stuff in the film is just character comedy — like the deadpan joshing of Debbie and her old comrade-in-crime, Lou (Cate Blanchett), or the attempt by Rose Weil (Helena Bonham Carter), a flaked-out ’80s relic of a fashion designer, to woo Daphne into allowing her to dress her for the Gala.” : “A wafer-thin plot is offset by a bunch of charismatic performances in this super enjoyable, all-female update of the Ocean’s heist series.” *** “The sheer brazenness of the crime in “Ocean’s 8” is enough to put a goofy smile on your face. But as is always the case in heist movies, the sustained thrill of the high-wire act comes from watching the players lay out their complex plan, then seeing whether it actually goes as smoothly as they’d hoped.” “while Ocean’s 8 was never going to be the best movie of summer, it might be one of the ones you enjoy most.” “Ocean’s 8has just as much charm as Ocean’s 11, but fails to deliver a more clever twist to the movie’s heist – which was a key aspect of the 2001 movie for many fans. As a result, though Ocean’s 8 will be sufficiently entertaining for fans of the Ocean’s series, those who go into it hoping for a fun, female-fronted action comedy are more likely to have their expectations met.”

Empire: *** “There is something refreshing about seeing a group of women thrive on their wits, guile, smarts, cunning, proficiency and chutzpah rather than sex. It’s just a shame they weren’t tested even further. They could have handled it.”

The Times: ** “It is dutiful and workmanlike and too often alarmingly uninterested in the eponymous eight women around which it is built.”

Indie Wire: “Despite a cool backdrop and a daring idea, the heist itself feels like a third-tier Soderbergh joint, one that’s temporarily bolstered by the same jazzy music and quick cuts that marked the filmmaker’s trilogy, though carried out with considerably less energy.”

IGN: “Ocean’s 8 makes great use of the entire cast’s talents, giving everyone laugh-out-loud and victorious moments.”

Slant Magazine: “when Bullock and Blanchett share the screen together, the film comes together in a warm rush of camaraderie.”

Culture Whisper: *** “Ocean’s 8 is harmless fun. In one sense, that’s a shame but, in another, it makes it hard to complain too much; it’s a pleasant way to while away a summer evening – after you’ve had one or two too many.”

Paste Magazine:  “As sleekly constructed as Ocean’s 8 is, it’s not as artful in its execution as previous installments were. The movie coasts on the pleasure of its ensemble’s company, even if it’s not a clean getaway.”




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