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Lucky Break (2002)

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Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 23

Lucky Break fails to do anything new with The Full Monty formula.

44

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 10

Lucky Break fails to do anything new with The Full Monty formula.

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The first feature by director Peter Cattaneo since his award-winning British smash hit The Full Monty, Lucky Break is another comedy in the same mold, this time taking place in prison. Small-time crooks Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James), after years of no success, decide to pull a bank job, where they are both captured and incarcerated. Jimmy is then transferred to Long Rudford, run by the steely security chief Perry (Ron Cook). Jimmy again runs into Rudy (whom he left to take the

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Ronan Bennett

Oct 22, 2002

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The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell.

May 31, 2002 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.

May 13, 2002
Washington Post
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A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Well, this is definitely a disappointment.

November 7, 2003
Greenwich Village Gazette

If you adored The Full Monty so resoundingly that you're dying to see the same old thing in a tired old setting, then this should keep you reasonably entertained.

December 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Overall, it's good, not great. This is a pleasant enough but small English romantic comedy.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If The Full Monty was a freshman fluke, Lucky Break is [Cattaneo] sophomore slump.

May 17, 2002
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

...an adorably whimsical comedy that deserves more than a passing twinkle.

April 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

Nothing more than a widget cranked out on an assembly line to see if stupid Americans will get a kick out of goofy Brits with cute accents performing ages-old slapstick and unfunny tricks.

April 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The intent is almost exactly the same [as The Full Monty]. All that's missing is the spontaneity, originality and delight.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

A bit of jailhouse schlock, sure, but you'll enjoy doing the time.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Even if it ultimately disappoints, the picture does have about a matinee admission's worth of funny to keep it afloat.

April 19, 2002 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire
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