Lottery Ticket Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
January 5, 2013
A tasteless and obnoxious "comedy," "Lottery Ticket" is easily one of the year's worst films.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.0/5
Joshua Starnes
March 29, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 20, 2010
A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
August 18, 2010
A parade of painful ghetto stereotypes, missing every opportunity for satire or meaningful social commentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Corey Hall
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 26, 2010
Droll but tepid urban-kid-hits-lotto comedy
Full Review | Original Score: C
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
August 19, 2010
The premise has potential but the execution is wobbly. At least Mike Epps is funny as a reverend seeking earthly rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Andrew Barker
August 16, 2010
The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2010
It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2010
A disappointing, trite comedy overrun with African-American stereotypes.
Edward Douglas
August 19, 2010
A classic case of a decent cast trying to make the most out of bad material, but it brings nothing new to the 'urban comedy' than any of the worst Friday knock-offs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
Dezhda Gaubert
E! Online
August 19, 2010
It doesn't work all the time, but it's definitely a worthy attempt.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Charles Koplinski
Illinois Times
August 28, 2010
This Lottery Ticket doesn't pay out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4.0
Bill Gibron
August 19, 2010
the worst urban comedy in a long time
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
August 20, 2010
Haven't I seen this movie before? I think it came out in 1995 and was co-written by Ice Cube.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
August 18, 2010
Feisty urban comedy bloated with feeble social messages, the picture carries a decent tune until it feels the need to preach to the audience, hoping to indulge the fantasy of easy money while providing all the guilt.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 20, 2010
... only rarely rises to the level of junk ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Cole Smithey
August 18, 2010
"Lottery Ticket" feels like it was made in the late '70s or early '80s, at a time when manufactured urban ghettos were still considered a "good idea."
Full Review | Original Score: D+
David Medsker
August 19, 2010
It's easy to get upset with the writer and director of Lottery Ticket for not trying hard enough to deliver a better movie, but the simple fact of the matter is: why should they?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Geoff Berkshire
August 19, 2010
Turns out you can buy false dreams for the price of a movie ticket too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
February 23, 2012
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