Lucky Break Reviews

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Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
November 7, 2003
Well, this is definitely a disappointment.
| Original Score: 2/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
December 28, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 62/100
Ron Wells
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
Overall, it's good, not great. This is a pleasant enough but small English romantic comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2002
The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 31, 2002
A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 17, 2002
If The Full Monty was a freshman fluke, Lucky Break is [Cattaneo] sophomore slump.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 13, 2002
It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.
Elias Savada
Nitrate Online
April 26, 2002 adorably whimsical comedy that deserves more than a passing twinkle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 24, 2002
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 24, 2002
A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 24, 2002
No worse a film than Breaking Out, and Breaking Out was utterly charming.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 19, 2002
While we can forgive Cattaneo for succumbing to temptation, we must also damn him and screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Face) for failing to attempt to improve on the original idea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 19, 2002
The intent is almost exactly the same [as The Full Monty]. All that's missing is the spontaneity, originality and delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
April 19, 2002
A pleasant effort that doesn't hit any of its targets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

E! Online
April 19, 2002
A bit of jailhouse schlock, sure, but you'll enjoy doing the time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2002
The movie has a raffish charm and good-hearted characters, and like The Full Monty it makes good use of the desperation beneath the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Blackwelder
April 19, 2002
Even if it ultimately disappoints, the picture does have about a matinee admission's worth of funny to keep it afloat.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ed Park
Village Voice
April 9, 2002
Mike Leigh mainstay Timothy Spall deftly shades in the designated goner, fellow Still Crazy alum Bill Nighy is sweetly wispy as the capable fop, and anger-management counselor Olivia Williams trembles pleasantly as usual.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2002
Not as good as The Full Monty, but a really strong second effort.
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