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The Bucket List (2007)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 168
Fresh: 68 | Rotten: 100

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


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 33

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


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Jun 10, 2008


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All Critics (176) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (68) | Rotten (100) | DVD (19)

You get the performances you expect from these two great stars, which lift this story mercifully but marginally above its meager content.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source:
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The Bucket List's craft is as impeccable as moviemaking technique and computer tricks can be. But boiled into a formula that is sometimes cloying and sweet, the movie is nonetheless a lazy low-grade product.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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The movie is caught in the crossfire of its two missions -- to celebrate the universal things that "really matter" in life (friendship, family) and to celebrate what it means to live like Jack Nicholson.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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There are certainly worse ways to spend the holiday season than in the company of two charming old actors, being reminded that human companionship makes life worth living, even as it makes dying a little tougher.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Cheap and flimsy.

January 11, 2008 | Comment (1)
Miami Herald
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Not every film about death needs a bald Swede and a game of chess: Sometimes, the sky-diving's enough.

January 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Meehl's gentle handling of her subject and her unobstrusive, observational camera work make this a delightful and touching experience.

April 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Screenwize

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

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune

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

February 12, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

January 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

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

December 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

This movie has the same level of false, mediocre level of entertainment as the movie WILD HOGS. If you liked that one, then you might like this. But I despise both.

August 22, 2008 Full Review | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

...sentimental, simplistic, and almost shamefully manipulative, yet I found it absolutely charming.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

No Grumpy Old Men these two, as Nicholson's over-the hill sex machine billionaire with his serial quickies on demand, and Freeman's egghead underachiever spar with the Grim Reaper. Two Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

June 5, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

For those who want to Believe, those who want to be cuddled by the fake laughter through tears emotions that only an expertly made piece of Hollywood toffee like this can provide - if only for the moment - get out your hankies.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

... plays like Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, reimagined as an uninspired sitcom and travelogue.

May 1, 2008 Full Review Source: MSNBC

An entertaining tear jerker of a story about two old men facing the end of two very different lives.

April 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

'The Bucket List' begins with a bleak, unsparing glimpse into the unraveling lives of two terminal-cancer patients and ends in unblushing sentimentality.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

doesn't a by-the-numbers Rob Reiner buddy movie about dying just about say it all? This is for the hardcore Nicholson and Freeman fans who don't mind considering the mortality of their idols.

March 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

At one point Morgan Freeman's character shouts, 'This was supposed to be fun.' I couldn't agree more.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Comments (5)
The Scorecard Review

The film's trailers suggest the triteness you're in for, and Morgan Freeman's opening narration -- his usual wise-old-black-man spiel -- seconds it.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Let's Not Listen | Comments (2)
Let's Not Listen

Although it's certainly not on par with his best work, The Bucket List is the best film Reiner has made in a long time.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs Gazette

Just die, already!

February 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Comments (7)
Reno News and Review

'The Bucket List' pales in comparison to the talents of its stars.

February 24, 2008 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

When actors as great as Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't make dialogue sound natural, you know the script is a stinkeroo.

February 15, 2008 Full Review | Comments (3)
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Audience Reviews for The Bucket List

February 16, 2014
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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.
April 22, 2013
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 ...
April 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

this was a wonderful movie with great characters and perfect diologue. seeing these two hollywood icons on the screen together was a treat and the film helps you rethink life in a similar way to kurosawa's great film ikiru. a must see.
November 25, 2011
danny d

Super Reviewer

    1. Carter Chambers: I hate your rotten guts!
    – Submitted by Jared B (22 months ago)
    1. Edward Cole: Somewhere, some lucky guy's having a heart attack.
    – Submitted by Jared B (24 months ago)
    1. Dr. Hollins: Humour is always a good sign.
    2. Edward Cole: Kiss my ass.
    3. Dr. Hollins: Apparently, so is surliness.
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
    1. Edward Cole: Why thank you Kyle, I never even thought of that!
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
    1. Edward Cole: Just do it on how you do it for your family.
    2. Thomas: So...would that mean giving all the money to my assistant?
    – Submitted by Augusta M (2 years ago)
    1. Edward Cole: We live, we die, and the wheels on the bus go round and round.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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