The Lucky Ones has plenty of heart and courage. If it only had a brain ...
| Original Score: 2/4
In the end, they laugh together, they cry together and they all learn a little something about this place we call America. At least, that was probably the plan.
| Original Score: C+
Like its lead characters, Lucky is wounded, lost, and impractical, but it has a messy, winning humanity and an agreeably leisurely pace that almost redeems it.
| Original Score: B-
It gets so preoccupied with all the local color and colorful locals, that it forgets about the people on this journey -- or their ultimate destination.
Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending.
| Original Score: 1/4
Its lack of emotional thrust doesn't inspire the viewer to feel one way or another.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
As entertainment, the film works sporadically, though Burger never finds a rhythm.
Director and co-writer Neil Burger's drama uses the war as a springboard to tell a darkly funny, and sometimes profoundly moving, story of the men and women who are the warriors.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's all merely unbelievable.
How unusual. How enjoyable.
| Original Score: B
The chemistry between the three soldiers is strong, but their journey rings hollow.
The story (by director Burger and Dirk Wittenborn) contains too many coincidences and convergences to wholly ring true.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
By structuring this as a comic road movie, writer-director Neil Burger manages to examine the emotional isolation of returning vets without sinking into a bog of despair.
What gives these episodes cumulative impact is the group portrait that emerges of a well-meaning country in a state of drift.
| Original Score: 3/4
[A] far-fetched take on Iraq War homecomings.
With a smooth, light touch, The Lucky Ones focuses on the idea that the present and the people who factor into it are all we really have.
| Original Score: 3/5
Three Army soldiers on the road in America bond together through a series of preposterous happenings that come across as silly.
| Original Score: 1/5
Of its genre, it's uncommonly good, and it's also the cheeriest movie about Iraq war vets I've yet seen.
After running through some pretty contrived paces for much of its running time, The Lucky Ones has some surprises in the last act that ultimately make it more satisfying than it might have been.
I'm sure a lot of bad fiction has been written about veterans and current soldiers in the Iraq War. It's just not that often that it gets shot and projected on to a big screen.