Better Luck Tomorrow Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2003
It's as if Ferris Bueller morphed into Goodfellas, and, knowing the transition didn't work, the director tossed in some Run Lola Run to pick up the tempo.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
April 18, 2003
Although this movie shows Lin's promising moviemaking sensibilities, its point of view feels coldly amoral and dismissive.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 18, 2003
Starts with the right intentions but quickly unravels.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 18, 2003
The director sacrifices finesse to run around in the baggy duds of a lurid gangsta flick looking for street cred.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2003
Perpetuates another stereotype: the one about affluent suburban teens who have everything they could ever want but so lack a moral compass that even murder seems like just another extracurricular activity.
| Original Score: 2/4
Richard Horgan
FilmStew.com
May 30, 2003
. . .its bolder themes and naked ambition heighten the sense of disappointment towards the film's end when it fails to deliver on its initial promise.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
February 21, 2004
You could have replaced everyone in this movie with the cast of some lily-white show like Dawson's Creek and nobody would notice the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
April 24, 2003
...consistently in over its head.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily
May 9, 2003
Those looking for the gangster movie seen in the TV spots will be seriously disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Patrick Z. McGavin
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2003
Though Better Luck Tomorrow is the work of an intriguing new talent, there remains something amiss about a movie so desperate to legitimize its own daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
April 2, 2003
It tries to stuff in so many different subjects and genres that you'll stop caring about what start off to be interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
April 18, 2003
Mean Streets meets the chess club.
Jason Anderson
eye WEEKLY
October 2, 2002
All too Caucasian in its tired devotion to the bloody, boneheaded tropes of Quentin Tarantino and Bret Easton Ellis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 8, 2003
The story gets as melodramatic as anything in Amy Tan.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 11, 2003
Lim's premise is a great idea for a short film, but while he makes several serious points about racial profiling and tokenism, there's not enough story here for a full-length feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 18, 2003
Like his characters, Lin may be an overachiever and the strain of trying to do too much shows.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Katrina Onstad
National Post
April 18, 2003
The problem is that Lin is just as seduced by gangster trappings as his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
Most of writer-director Justin Lin's shapeless movie is as bland as the neighborhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2003
Feels nearly as hollow and unknowable as its characters' hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot.
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