Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Trying too hard to be clever in a Pulp Fiction kind of way, this film succums to a convoluted plot, overly stylized characters and dizzying set design.


Movie Info

An innocent man visiting a friend in New York City becomes embroiled in a dangerous series of events after being mistaken for the very man he has come to the city to see in director Paul McGuigan's labyrinthine murder mystery. Upon arriving at the empty apartment of his old friend Nick, the unassuming Slevin (Josh Hartnett) is troubled to hear the voice of his missing friend's next door neighbor Lindsay (Lucy Liu) expressing concern as to Nick's safety and whereabouts. When Slevin ventures into … More

Rating: R (for strong violence, sexual content/nudity and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Jason Smilovic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 12, 2006
Box Office: $22.4M
Runtime:
Weinstein Company - Official Site

Cast


as Slevin Kelevra

as The Rabbi

as Lindsey

as Detective Brikowski

as Mr. Goodkat

as Dumbrowski

as Nick Fisher

as Detective Murphy

as Bodyguard No. 1

as Bodyguard No. 2

as Slevin's Girlfriend

as Blondie

as Morty

as Old Waiter

as Slim Hopkins

as Benny Begin
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Number Slevin

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (46)

With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable.

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Only Lucy Liu's insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Everything in it -- every confusion, every line of unspeakable dialogue, every red herring, every camera setup -- has been borrowed from some movie you've seen before.

Full Review… | April 19, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

Lucky Number Slevin is a very clever film, probably too clever for its own good.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Elaborately hollow tough-guy arabesque

Full Review… | August 30, 2009
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for Lucky Number Slevin

Josh Hartnett plays Slevin, a man in the wrong place at the wrong time when he is caught up in a war between two rival gangsters. Clearly inspired by the post modern thrillers of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, Lucky Number Slevin is a smart and sassy if slightly self-conscious revenge story. Hartnett's character is maybe a bit too much of a smug smart ass for the first half of the film, but as things darkened I liked it a whole lot more. It looks great and although it lacks the subtlety of The Usual Suspects and the like, the quality performances and clever dialogue keeps things interesting. The weak link was probably Lucy Liu's character who's responsible for one of the more implausible moments of the story but some nice chemistry with her co-star papers over the resulting plot hole. But these facts only stop it from being a GREAT film, not a GOOD one; Freeman, Kingsley, Tucci and Willis are all great and it is consistently entertaining. Compared to other ironic thrillers, I'd have to say it's not quite as good as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, but better than Smokin' Aces. Smarter and better looking than the average mainstream thriller.

garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

The biggest thing I remember hearing about this film upon it's release was the mentioning of Ben Kingsley's Knighthood on the film poster. This seemed to create quite a stir, as professional credits don't normally include this. It transpired that is was all just a mistake but it overshadowed the film itself, which is a shame as this is quite a tight little mystery/thriller.
Arriving in New York to stay at a friend's apartment, Slevin Kelevra (Josh Hartnett) finds that his friend is missing and owes money to two very dangerous criminals - The Boss (Morgan Freeman) and The Rabbi (Ben Kingsley). Added to which, Slevin finds himself mistaken for his absent friend and soon involved in a lot of trouble with them both. With the help of his friends neighbour Lindsey (Lucy Liu), Slevin tries to clear up the confusion.
I've always been a sucker for films that twist and tease, keeping you perplexed and forcing you to keep up to speed. I like it when the script has actually been given some attention and one that demands the attention of the viewer. This is that type of film. It keeps you guessing and is not without a dark and lightness of touch either. It helps when there's an impressive cast assembled also and each of the performers involved here deliver fine pieces of work. Seeing old hands Freeman and Kingsley play off one another is a particular highlight. Ultimately, it's the convoluted nature of the story that impresses most though. Screenwriter Jason Smilovic and director Paul McGuigan add substance and style to the proceedings and keep you at just the distance from the characters' motivations. However, intricate and clever films also face the danger of becoming too loaded. For the most part, this film is a success but the denouement is a little muddled. For a film of this type to work, it needs to have a pay-off and this does have a satisfactory one. The only problem is, it has one two many. Without revealing too much, the fate of a prominent character seems like it's been tacked on and stinks of studio involvement, letting down an otherwise intricate and cleverly constructed film.
A satisfyingly convoluted crime yarn with an impressive and eclectic mix of actors. However, the unravelling is a major demerit. Well, that and Bruce Willis' ridiculous hairpieces.

MrMarakai
Mark Walker

Super Reviewer

½

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A severely under rated action thriller that although isn't as clever as it wants to be delivers as a stylish and very entertaining ride. The performances are quite outstanding and the story is engaging. It isn't perfect because the plot as it unfolds, is almost incomprehensible but it certainly isn't a bad film. It's likable and it's different, a film like that doesn't come round often.

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Directors Cat

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