| Original Score: B
| Original Score: 2.5/4
No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.
...shallow, clichéd, sentimental, and derivative; but the cast makes up for the plot's deficiencies with an amiable charm that's hard to resist.
| Original Score: 6/10
'Lottery Ticket' is a winner.
| Original Score: 3/4
A low-budget comedy that's genial, morally sound and wholesome in the Barbershop mode...
| Original Score: B-
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
A 'hood comedy with heart.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Despite the predictability, the stereotypes and the occasionally overly sentimental moment, it's fun. Honestly, if that's all you get from a movie like this, well, we have a winner.
Lottery Ticket sags in its middle buts its energy, comedy and characters also provide much entertainment.
The filmmkers work to make the setting a complicated and relatively convincing place, for all its sitcom-ish aspects, and they treat their characters with affection and respect.
Many of these moments work, but the entire package just doesn't quite jell.
Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story.
A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood.
This genial little fairy tale of a comedy gives us a likable hero and an irresistible fantasy.
Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players.
Like Barbershop, The Lottery Ticket is about a community as much as it is about a lucky young man who gets in over his head.
| Original Score: B+
If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.