Netflix’s #1 Top Ten Movie, Adam Sandler’s Hustle, is rated shockingly well

Netflix has been hitting the TV department pretty hard lately with fantastic new seasons of Ozark and Stranger Things, but it’s been struggling in its original movies department and it’s usually the Netflix productions you see at the top of their top ten -See list,…less than great. That includes the recently scheduled Interceptor, the action film that was at #1 for the past week. Now? There’s another movie on top, Adam Sandler’s Hustle.

And it gets very, very good reviews.

Hustle currently has a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes with over 100 reviews and 91% from audiences. In part, this may be because this is an Adam Sandler drama rather than an Adam Sandler comedy. Sandler has long been a low-key, great dramatic actor, all the way back to Punch Drunk Love and more recently with Uncut Gems. Hustle actually gets Uncut Gems’ 92% score, but far exceeds the 52% audience score.

What is Hustle anyway? Here is the summary:

“Stanley Sugerman’s (Adam Sandler) love of basketball is unparalleled, but the travel-weary Philadelphia 76ers scout with higher aspirations of becoming a coach remains on the road in search of the next unknown talent. His quest around the world takes him to Spain, where he discovers Bo Cruz (NBA player Juancho Hernangómez), an incredible streetball player with a colorful past. Stanley and Bo connect on and off the court with their passion for the game and as loving fathers of families who want to prove they can win, at basketball and in life. With the support of Stanley’s wife, Teresa (Queen Latifah), can the underdogs come out on top?”

Yes, his co-star is a real life NBA player, Juancho Hernangómez, and LeBron James also appears in the film. Critics are praising Sandler’s performance (credited with “dropping his doofus routine”), and while it’s a fairly routine story, it’s very well told. Hustle is being directed by Jeremiah Zagar, who I haven’t heard of, and interestingly the screenplay was co-written by Taylor Materne, who has written some of the story modes for recent NBA 2K games.

It all adds up to one of Adam Sandler’s highest-rated films of all time, and in turn, a bona fide critical hit for Netflix, which doesn’t happen very often in the film department. This one deserves to be at the top of the charts it seems. We’ll see how long it stays there.

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