Directed by Gary Ross
Women add a twist to the popular heist series.
The latest Ocean’s Eleven sequel is proving to be “the kind of starry, high-gloss goof the summer movie season was made for,” said Leah Greenblatt in Entertainment Weekly. Sandra Bullock, playing the sister of George Clooney’s 2001 title character, heads an all-female team of thieves looking to pull off a heist at New York City’s annual Met Gala, and though the script “feels like it’s coasting where it should crackle,” the formula works as smoothly as you’d expect—and is scoring big box-office, too. You might be mildly irritated that Bullock’s Debbie Ocean is partly motivated by a beef with an ex, said Manohla Dargis in The New York Times. “Even when women are running a multimillion-dollar con,” apparently, “they have to make room for guy troubles.” But co-stars Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Sarah Paulsen, Mindy Kaling, and Rihanna each get a good moment or more, and Anne Hathaway makes “comedy gold” of her role as the starlet wearing the Cartier necklace the crew covets. The movie lacks visual flair, and the villain is no match for these women, said Alex Abad-Santos in Vox.com. But so what? “While Ocean’s 8 was never going to be the best movie of summer, it might be one of the ones you enjoy most.” ■