The Bucket List Reviews

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David Lewis
Variety
February 23, 2012
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008
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January 15, 2008
You get the performances you expect from these two great stars, which lift this story mercifully but marginally above its meager content.
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
January 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
January 11, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 11, 2008
Cheap and flimsy.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 11, 2008
Not every film about death needs a bald Swede and a game of chess: Sometimes, the sky-diving's enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 11, 2008
By the end of The Bucket List, silliness has been replaced by pretension, and while there may not be a dry eye in the theater, many of those tears will be shed in embarrassment for giving in to such hooey.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 11, 2008
Acting's good, but Bucket is half-empty.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 11, 2008
Watching Nicholson and Freeman on the same screen and their characters Edward and Carter embarking on a sojourn of discovery is hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
January 11, 2008
Bucket's rush to sentiment leads you to think the film, not its characters, is soon to expire.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
January 11, 2008
A manipulative look at dying with dignity and a lame yarn about as realistic as the fantasy in The Princess Bride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 11, 2008
The Bucket List is a movie for oldsters that, paradoxically, looks as if it was made for 15-year-olds. If this is what is meant in Hollywood as "thinking outside the box," then it's time to get a new box.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 11, 2008
I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 11, 2008
It's impossible to mistake the movie for inspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 10, 2008
Nothing wrong about a movie that says, Stop and smell the roses. Now, if only director Rob Reiner hadn't rubbed our noses in a bouquet of plastic blooms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 10, 2008
There are big laughs and minor moments of grace in The Bucket List. It's also fun to watch these two swap lines, Nicholson angry and antic, Freeman laid back and serene.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 10, 2008
Great actors sometimes transcend their material, but Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't pull their boots free from the ankle-deep schmaltz of The Bucket List.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Washington Post
January 10, 2008
The overall sense is of a movie coasting on an obvious and somewhat flimsy premise, to which no one thought to bring much else besides Nicholson and Freeman.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 10, 2008
This being Oscar-coveting Hollywood claptrap, class barriers vanish as the two become best friends and Nicholson bankrolls a spree in which they indulge their deepest romantic whims.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 10, 2008
The Bucket List must have seemed like a good idea -- around 1985.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
January 9, 2008
It's fun, for two minutes, to see Nicholson and Freeman jumping out of a plane, but once they've gotten tattoos and raced vintage cars, the movie is already scraping the bottom of the bucket.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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David Germain
Associated Press
January 9, 2008
Nicholson and Freeman are so lovably companionable, they almost make you forget the glaring contrivances screenwriter Justin Zackham concocts.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 7, 2008
Any filmgoer's Bucket List should be seeing these two legends playing off one another.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
January 4, 2008
The Bucket List is a messy free-for-all, but it's a genuine pleasure to watch two hired hands literally running the rodeo.
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David Denby
New Yorker
January 4, 2008
In general, the light is golden, the mood technologically sublime, the actuality of the experience a dead zero.
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
December 27, 2007
Watching The Bucket List may not inspire philosophical introspection, but it's quite likely to make you re-examine your priorities. At least as far as movie-going is concerned.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 26, 2007
It's superficial, manipulative and schmaltzy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 26, 2007
All involved in this tepid excuse for feel-good entertainment seem to have checked out long before the faint pulse died.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 26, 2007
The Bucket List operates on the hope that two beloved stars rubbing their signature screen personas together can spark warm, fuzzy box office magic.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 26, 2007
Despite some emotional dips and a see-it-to-believe-it load of schmaltz at the end, The Bucket List is mostly a joy ride with good company, and the actors obviously were having a high time on their traveling boondoggle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 26, 2007
Freeman and Nicholson make the most of Justin Zackham's script, but there just isn't enough substance behind their characters to prop up the carpe diem platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2007
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 26, 2007
The eternal human struggle for answers is an unusually resonant chord for a big-budget studio movie to strike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
December 26, 2007
Apparently, plowing through this much treacle is enough to gum up any mortal coil.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 25, 2007
The message of The Bucket List is that we should stop and smell the roses, count our blessings, hug someone we love, before it's too late. That's an audacious demand, coming from a movie that squeezes the life force right out of you.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 25, 2007
Frank Capra would have been at home here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 20, 2007
The Bucket List never ascends from the bowels of tearjerk formula and audience pandering to a redemptive place of truth and art.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 20, 2007
The sort of movie that inspires you to ponder all the better uses to which the chemical ingredients of 35mm film stock might be put.
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Julia Wallace
Village Voice
December 18, 2007
[Nicholson and Freeman] are skilled at squeezing emotion from a cheeseball script (as is Reiner, who, knowing the score, doesn't try to rein them in).
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2007
While it all cuts together to make one swell trailer, the end product fails to take flight.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 12, 2007
A picture about two cancer patients confronting reality, and deciding how they want to spend their presumed last days, that has not an ounce of reality about it.