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Lightning Jack (1994)

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 6

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In this humorous Western, Aussie Paul Hogan plays a cowboy running from the law. Lightning Jack Kane is a member of the notorious Younger Brother gang. He is the only member to survive their last shoot-out. Fortunately, he was only a minor member of the gang and escapes notice. Jack decides to rob a bank. He gets away with a small amount of cash and a mute, Ben, as a hostage. Unfortunately for Jack, Ben wants to be an outlaw so Jack is stuck with him. Eventually the two become grudging friends.

Aug 7, 2001

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (16) | DVD (4)

A good-natured, if laconic, oater that rides along nicely on the screen persona of writer/actor Paul Hogan.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The film has no internal comic rhythm to match its faltering sense of humor. Much of the time, it plods along like a mediocre conventional western.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Lightning Jack feels like a film you might stumble across late at night on the USA Network.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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It's impossible to dislike Paul Hogan, and almost as hard to like his movies. They're as goodhearted as they are simple-minded.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Hogan should hang up his spurs until a truly original impulse comes along.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Politically incorrect jokes (endlessly) about hearing impaired (Gooding) make for tasteless flick.

March 14, 2009
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It's a long slow trek from gag to gag.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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The relationship between Ben and Jack never really develops any warmth or resonance, mainly because it seems never to have been thought through.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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A Western for people that hate Westerns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This road has been trod a few too many times before.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Lightning Jack

Unforgettable, but really silly and nothing recommentable, Lightning Jack presents some not so funny moments that makes a bad film.
October 28, 2011
Lucas Martins

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good film funny
March 30, 2008
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Paul Hogan's comedy-western looks a bit unfunny to me since Crocodile Dundee sequels.
January 29, 2007
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