The reviews are rolling in for Ocean's 8, the all-female spinoff of Steven Soderbergh's Ocean’s franchise. Sandra Bullock leads a crew of female criminals determined to rip off $150 million in diamonds during fashion's biggest night, the Met Gala in NYC.

Bullock, 53, plays Debbie Ocean, sister of George Clooney's character Danny Ocean, the original mastermind from Ocean's Eleven.

Ocean's 8 also stars Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Rihanna, who plays a master hacker wearing a nest of fake dreadlocks.

Ocean's 8 suffers from the same glaring plot vehicle that torpedoed the all-female Ghostbusters reboot.

All-female casts are yawn-inducing because women try too hard to outdo men at what they do best: being men.

"This is a self-satisfied exercise that's only occasionally as much fun as it thinks it is," writes The Hollywood Reporter's David Rooney, who was not impressed by director Gary Ross' effort to recast "female clones" Bullock and Blanchett in the roles played to perfection by original franchise stars Clooney and Brad Pitt.

"Rather than reimagining them as newly minted characters, Ross [pictured right with Hathaway, Awkwafina and Rihanna] locks himself into a limiting corner by treating Debbie and Lou strictly as female clones of Clooney's Danny and Brad Pitt's Rusty Ryan in the earlier films," writes Rooney.

"Even when the stakes are at their highest, the leads' delivery is cooler-than-thou, tongue-in-cheek deadpan, accompanied by smug half-smiles, which frankly, gets a bit one-note tiresome and self-conscious.

"The whole point of rebuilding the glamorous crime caper around women is to make them different. But although they swap tuxedos for couture gowns and heels -- or in biker chick Lou's case, slinky pantsuits and a razor-cut shag — the dynamic lacks freshness."

Put another way, the whole point of Hollywood movies is escapism. Moviegoers flock to theaters for an escape from the norm and to indulge in a fantasy that they can relate to.

Casting over-the-hill actresses as substitutes for hunky Brad Pitt and swarthy George Clooney is a fantasy that most moviegoers can't relate to.

Ocean's 8 is "like a Sex and the City movie with thievery. And no sex," Rooney writes.

Ocean's 8 opens in theaters on June 8.

Photos by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images, Mike Coppola/Getty Images

  • FukkFolks2018

    I don't follow, bc biggest jewel thief in America is a woman. Not that it's anything of accomplishment. But how are these women on a jewel thief plot trying to be MEN?

    Shouts out to Miss Doris old thieving ass!

  • ZimSummer

    "Ocean’s 8 is “like a Sex and the City movie with thievery. And no sex,” Rooney writes."

    I died heh heh heh heh heh heh

  • SweetTEE

    I always laugh when I read about her. She gave zero fkcs lol

  • WutizstillHERE!

    I read this awhile back. LOL the best thief is a quiet one! Thieve go wrong when they brag about it after or go on spending sprees lol She straight said she regrets getting caught thaaaats it!!

  • Faithz

    No matter how the Movie does at Box Office RIHANNA Is sharp as all
    get out. And no matter the Plot of the Movie this Flick will serve as a stepping stone for Rihanna to move on to Bigger, and Better Movie Plots in the Future..

  • free

    i love rih's dress. that's all i got.

  • millz

    lol the shade!

  • Coy little wink

    No dreadful...

    Preview looked boring but I still wanna see the fashions ?


    What’s an Awkwafina? ? Somebody’s really out here answering to and insisting folks call them Awkwafina?

  • iWasteTime

    original franchise stars Clooney and Brad Pitt.
    Original Stars Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis Jr!

  • DroneRivers

    "Casting over-the-hill actresses as substitutes for hunky Brad Pitt and swarthy George Clooney is a fantasy that most moviegoers can’t relate to."
    Just go on and say you don't like women or you don't respect an all-female cast. Calling them over the hill is pushing it. Brad Pitt and George Clooney weren't exactly spring chickens when they did their Ocean's 11-35 either.
    BTW, George and Brad were imitators, too. The original Ocean's 11 is from the 60's.

  • Marlika

    All these Hollywood YT directors look like creepy pervs to me. He looks like he will grab you ass on the low while taking a pic next to him.

  • Simone

    This sounds like the disaster I thought it was. Just stay home and watch Set It Off. Great movie, interesting standalone characters, gritty and realistic storyline and the co-stars have great chemistry.

  • Kanyade

    Clooney and Pitt were "over-the-hill" for Ocean's 12 and 13, both, IMO, the weakest of all three flicks. I do agree with creating new characters instead of attempting to imitate the foils upon which they are based. Also, I enjoyed Ghostbusters. I suppose I'm one of the few, but yeah, it was a solid flick.

  • Kanyade

    I just made a similar statement regarding Clooney and Pitt in their Ocean's roles.

  • Kanyade

    Look at you knowing your film history and whatnot. :)

  • Bashi22

    All the ladies fashion choice are amazing

  • RespectSelf

    Well I was a big fan of the Ocean movies so I am looking forward to watching Ocean's 8

  • Kanyade

    I think there's a film coming about Miss Doris. I forget the actress attached or rumored to be attached to portray her.

  • Simone

    Sandra Rose is just speaking the brutal truth. Beauty is subjective but in Hollywood, actresses are usually in their sex symbol reign and acting prime in their 20's to 30's, with exceptions being Halle Berry, Salma Hayek and a few others. George Clooney got more handsome as he aged and Brad Pitt has been sexy for decades. If you look at movies, older men are paired with younger wives. Actress Olivia Wilde complained about not getting a role as Leonardo DiCaprio's Wife in Wolf of Wall Street because she was too old despite being 10 years younger then him. They hired 21-year old actress Margot Robbie instead.

  • stav

    Looks terrible, as I knew it would be. There is no originality in Hollywood.

  • BadAss Will

    Rhianna seems so one dimensional, I hope she playing something opposite of herself.

  • Miss Thang

    It looked corny as hell. I didn’t understand why there needed to be a female version. Can we get an original story or a new franchise? Damn

  • Blue

    Should have put Tiffany Haddish in it. lol

  • Miss Thang

    Thank you for dropping knowledge on the children.

  • Connie


  • Logan Roberts

    When I saw the trailer, I was like blah. And Rihanna is like Beyonce can't act for shyt.

  • Logan Roberts

    Hell no ?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Miss Dorris don't care that woman KNOW she's funny...and escape major jail time SLAPS ON THE WRIST AND BUTT lol

  • Quitedeliteful

    Damn! This review was cold Cold COLD!!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    Miss Doris was hustling!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I agree!!!!!!!! She would have given this movie life!!!

  • ???TheRider???

    She's a comedian of sorts. I've seen her on MTV's Girl Code.

  • Quitedeliteful


  • Bossy704

    Rihanna looks great. Fabulous color on her. I don't watch movies so...I got nothing else.

  • grenadiadrian

    I still remember her as Foxy Cleopatra in that Austin Powers movie. Next time she wants to go on a diet, she should act for her supper. Just HORRIBLE!

  • hi-liter

    Tessa Thompson (Janelle Monae rumored boo) is suppose to be doing movie about this real life black lady jewel thief.

  • Kita Williams


  • Kita Williams

    her attorney said she is an amazing person and funny aside from her "activities" he called it LOL the peepo love her that's why she not getting major jail time

  • Ang

    Yes! They've been showing it on tv. It's a good movie. Better than all the knockoffs.

  • Owww76

    She was hella annoying in that movie! Yeah she dont need to act no more unless she get diction lessons, her drawl is nails on a chalkboard.

  • Scorpio

    I'd heard some years back that the move of Ms. Doris was supposed to be made with Halle Berry in the role of Ms. Doris, wonder what happened with that?

  • Scorpio

    This version of Ocean looks dull in the trailer at the movies.

  • Scorpio

    Was Halle Berry.

  • JennyJazzhands

    I was interested but I checked out when I saw the Kardashian krew filming scenes. I'm out. Tell me how it was though.

  • SumthinSweeter

    damn that review was harsh asf....

  • SumthinSweeter

    I'll have to try and catch that. I love watching the ORIGINAL movies that inspired the remakes.

  • Ang

    Me too. It didn't seem as cheesy to me as the Clooney film.

  • Trace da Ace

    well I still wanna see it...and my opinion...but ALL of their dresses look fugly....jus saying....oh and I will wait till it reaches my Firestick....wont be paying 15.00 for a movie ticket....

  • Pnthr

    Movies starring all women are never given good reviews so I'll take this with a grain of salt.

  • Pnthr

    Exactly what the problem is. The actresses aren't young enough or eye candy. Male reviewers are the worst.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    "Over the hill actress" if they are over the hill I sure would like to know how he feels about George Clooney's age

  • Ciana

    Is that the girl from the step up movies? The goofy 1 that didnt speak clear english?

  • P0shzZ0la

    Figures...this woman (Doris) is black people's "shero."...PATHETIC. Why do black people ALWAYS have to go to the lowest common denominator?...DAM...!

  • Blue



    ??Thanks for the education.

  • Allihave2say

    Movie is already in ruins if Halle's name is attached. Ms. Doris is funny, smart, charming and witty. Halle is none of those things. Halle's acting is just like this

  • yvette46

    I haven't seen none of the Ocean's so it don't matter about this one either I'm not going to see it..

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    all I can say is they look lovely in those gowns.

  • sunni_daze

    The guy who did the review is a member of the "He-man woman hating club"