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Lottery Ticket (2010)



Average Rating: 4.9/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 52

There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés.


Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 13

There's a worthwhile message at the heart of Lottery Ticket, but it's buried under stale humor, tired stereotypes, and obvious clichés.



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A kid from the projects scores the jackpot in the lottery and fights to protect his ticket over the course of a treacherous holiday weekend in this all-star comedy featuring Ice Cube, Charlie Murphy, Terry Crews, and Loretta Devine. With the Fourth of July fast approaching, Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) purchases a pair of lottery tickets and settles down in front of the television to catch the winning numbers. When Kevin realizes he's just won 370 million dollars, he knows his neighbors will all come



Abdul Williams, Erik White

Nov 16, 2010


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No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.

December 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad language.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliché-fest.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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it has about 40 minutes of story and needs to be padded out to its 99-minute running time

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

A tasteless and obnoxious "comedy," "Lottery Ticket" is easily one of the year's worst films.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Lottery Ticket is generally harmless; too slight to hold-up the more serious themes it is thinking about, but too well-meaning to be out-and-out insulting.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source:

The cast is terrific and the basic premise is pleasing, but a wavering tone robs Lottery Ticket of some of its power.

November 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

...shallow, clichéd, sentimental, and derivative; but the cast makes up for the plot's deficiencies with an amiable charm that's hard to resist.

November 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

If given the opportunity to see Lottery Ticket again (once was enough!), I'd break down... and buy some lottery tickets instead.

October 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...a sporadically entertaining yet hopelessly uneven comedy that just doesn't work...

October 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's remarkable how much 18-year-old Kevin has in common with Ice Cube's Craig (from Friday), as well as how few structural or political changes have occurred over the past 15 years.

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comments (3)

This Lottery Ticket doesn't pay out.

August 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Illinois Times | Comment (1)
Illinois Times

'Lottery Ticket' is a winner.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA) | Comments (3)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A low-budget comedy that's genial, morally sound and wholesome in the Barbershop mode...

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Droll but tepid urban-kid-hits-lotto comedy

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

There are enough stereotypes in here to get Dr. Laura frothing at the mouth -- and enough menace to merit co-writing credit for the Hughes brothers.

August 24, 2010 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

For a movie like "Lottery Ticket" to work, viewers have to feel as if they themselves have come out ahead.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieMaker Magazine
MovieMaker Magazine

With Ice Cube producing, and his regular buddies (Mike Epps, Terry Crews and Charlie Murphy) along for the ride, 'Lottery Ticket' is the latest charming and humorous film from the 'hood.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: AOL Black Voices | Comments (2)

The chase scenes -- and there are many -- are well shot with deft comic timing. The rest you can see coming all the way from uptown.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

The very likable young leads salvage this broad comedy from complete disaster but you know you're in trouble when Bow Wow is the best thing about a movie.

August 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Retriever
Movie Retriever

The silly comedy outweighs everything but under it all is a critical subtext that hardly ever gets a voice in mainstream films marketed to black audiences.

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Audience Reviews for Lottery Ticket

Very predictable, and pretty generic. But the movie has a few very funny one-liners, and a pretty good performance by Bow Wow. Not the best out there, but I've seen comedies that are a lot worse than this for sure.
February 24, 2011
Everett Johnson

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A very unfunny and boring movie. It was an interesting concept but a bad execution. I only laughed 3 times the whole movie. D
December 25, 2010

Super Reviewer

Moral: "Money Doesn't Change You, It Changes the People Around You!"
It was entertaining and fun, not alot of comedy involved but it was a good movie.

Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he's holding a winning lottery ticket worth $350 million.
November 6, 2010
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Lottery Ticket has wit, heart, a cool story, and a lot of emotion. This film is about a regular kid from the poor town in the projects who wins the lottery and just wants to make his town a better place, but when greed and girls come into his life he gets sidetracked. His ticket is stolen and he has to get it back before he loses it to the biggest jackass in the town. It seems like a basic story, and that is okay, because they do the absolute best they can with what they have to work with here. The Lottery Ticket is a fun entertaining movie that is surprisingly worth seeing!
November 4, 2010
KJ Proulx

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    1. Reverend Taylor: Put something in the plate and if we don't got a plate, put what you're going to give me in my hand.
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    1. Mr. Washington: Somebody read em a bedtime story!
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    1. Benny: You were supposed to get her number. Not doo-doo.
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    1. Nikki Swayze: Hey young blood. [punches Deangelo]
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