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10th Jun 2022

Adam Sandler breaks Rotten Tomatoes record with latest movie Hustle

Simon Bland

The sports drama has emerged as a firm favourite among fans

Adam Sandler’s new basketball drama Hustle has broken personal records for the actor following its debut on Netflix earlier this month, emerging as a solid favourite among his die-hard fan base.

Premiering on Wednesday June 8 on the streaming giant here in the UK, the film received a slightly earlier release stateside and has since racked up an impressive 91 per cent audience review and an equally balanced 91 per cent critics score.

The latter makes Hustle Sandler’s best critically reviewed film on the site, sitting just behind 2019’s Uncut Gems at 92 per cent and 2017’s The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) at 93 per cent.

However Sandler’s latest – in which he plays a sports coach who identifies an emerging basketball star from Spain and leads him to NBA success – is by far the movie that is preferred by the comedian’s fans, thanks to the site’s 91 per cent audience score.

This makes Hustle the best audience reviewed movie of Sandler’s career so far.


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The Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore star has a $350m (£199m) Netflix deal which will see him produce a number of features for the popular streaming service over the coming years. However his previously released films – comedies like The Ridiculous 6, Sandy Wexler and Murder Mystery – have not performed nearly as well as his sports-focused latest.

Sandler’s joke-and-music filled 2018 stand up special 100% Fresh – which itself poked fun at the nature of Rotten Tomato reviews – appears as a close second among his fans, clocking a 91 per cent audience score, followed by goofy comedies like 2006’s Grandma’s Boy and 1996’s Happy Gilmore which each have an audience score of 85 per cent.

Meanwhile, viewers have been taking to Twitter to sing Sandler’s praises following his latest dramatic performance – with some even calling for the Academy to sit up and take notice.

Hustle is available to view now on Netflix.

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