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The Bucket List (2007)



Critic Consensus: Not even the earnest performances of the two leads can rescue The Bucket List from its schmaltzy script.

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Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest in director Rob Reiner's seriocomic road movie. Edward Cole (Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who is currently sharing a hospital room with blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman). Though initially the pair seems to have nothing in common, conversation gradually reveals that both men have a long list of goals they wish to accomplish before they kick the bucket, and an unrealized desire to discover what kind of men they really are. But one can't accomplish such lofty objectives from the confines of a hospital bed, so now, in order to live their lives to the absolute fullest, Edward and Carter will have to make a break for it. With a checklist that includes playing the poker tables in Monte Carlo, consuming copious amounts of caviar, racing the fastest machines on four wheels, and much more, these two terminally ill men will do their best to fit a lifetime of experience into their last remaining days while forging an unlikely, but truly remarkable, friendship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for language, including a sexual reference)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Justin Zackham
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 10, 2008
Box Office: $93.5M
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Jack Nicholson
as Edward Perryman Cole
Morgan Freeman
as Carter Chambers
Sean Hayes
as Thomas
Beverly Todd
as Virginia Chambers
Rowena King
as Angelica
Rob Morrow
as Dr. Hollins
Frank Maharajh
as Sashi Olpadwala
Dawnn Lewis
as Flight Attendant
Karen Maruyama
as Nurse Shing
Taylor Ann Thompson
as Edward's Granddaught...
Angela Gardner
as Female Administrator
Roy Vongtama
as Doctor No.1
Hugh B. Holub
as County Health Direct...
Richard McGonagle
as Board Chairman
Jordan Lund
as Tattoo Artist
Nikki Novak
as Attractive Woman #2
Amber Mead
as Attractive Woman No....
Ian Anthony Dale
as Instructor
Noel Gugliemi
as Mechanic
Dawn Lewis
as Flight Attendant
John O'Brien
as Executive No.1
Alex Trebek
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Bucket List

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (45)

Meehl's gentle handling of her subject and her unobstrusive, observational camera work make this a delightful and touching experience.

Full Review… | April 2, 2012

Whilst this remains reasonably captivating for its first hour, it kinda runs out of steam after that...

Full Review… | January 30, 2012

A modestly uplifting, and at-times poignant, buddy comedy that manages to make the most of the worst of situations.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

...contrived and forced, almost begging the audience to pull out the hankie.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

An endearing film that will bring you to tears and have you cherishing every relationship and day you have.

Full Review… | January 5, 2009
Entertainment Spectrum

...a hopelessly uneven endeavor that's ultimately felled by a lamentable emphasis on heavy-handed bursts of schmaltziness.

Full Review… | December 20, 2008
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Super Reviewer

One thing has become quite evident with this film: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman have sure gotten old and grey these days. Luckily though, these two legends have lost none of their masterful acting skills and are as good and gung-ho as ever. Their two characters, that are the center of this story, are incredibly funny, charming and well-written roles and I had a really good time watching them together on screen. So good in fact, that it sure enough ended up on my Top 10 of 2007 list.

This movie is much like one of those good old buddy comedies they made so frequently during the 90's, although with a lot more heart, soul and dignity. Because not only is it very enjoyable, but it also has a lot to teach about life and what makes it worth living. With that said, I wasn't surprised at all to see it was directed by another great legend; namely Rob Reiner, who in the past has gifted us with such memorable films as "When Harry met Sally", "Stand by Me", "Misery" and "A Few Good Men". And as for "The Bucket List", well, I'm happy to say it's another brilliant addition to Mr. Reiner's long and respectable career.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. There's the draw here in a nutshell, two heavyweights in the same space. The story, one of redemption while facing death, is predictable enough, as is predictable the reliance on its two stars to save it, which they do but only just. If only the story had mas huevos ...

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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