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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 153
Fresh: 78
Rotten: 75

Critics 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.

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 45
Fresh: 21
Rotten: 24

Critics 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.


Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 335,404


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

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


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Critic Reviews for Lucky Number Slevin

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (78) | Rotten (75) | DVD (27)

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

It finally all makes sense after a fashion, and I think and hope that you will be entertained by all the narrative legerdemain.

Full Review… | April 12, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

I think it was entertaining as heck.

Full Review… | April 10, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

Elaborately hollow tough-guy arabesque

Full Review… | August 30, 2009

It's the pace of the film that wins the day.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Eye for Film

McGuigan has such a stylish eye that, even if you never quite care what's happening, you'll always be visually entertained.

Full Review… | March 24, 2007

Essentially a crime noir thriller with a twist, Paul McGuigan's film is showy and sharp, whose witty dialogue is delivered with a shrug

Full Review… | November 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile

One of the underappreciated gems of the 2006 movie season.

Full Review… | October 9, 2006

Tarantino's films work because there is usually some moral code at work, however fallen it might be. By comparison, Slevin is an unsettling exercise in amorality.

Full Review… | September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Lucky Number Slevin moves along nicely, and it's easy to get caught up in all that style. But style and cheap tricks are two different things.

September 21, 2006

Don't think too hard when seeing this movie because you'll spoil the surprises.

Full Review… | September 15, 2006
7M Pictures

A gaseous movie experience gets a solid DVD treatment.

Full Review… | September 6, 2006
Slant Magazine

In the end, Lucky Number Slevin is like that guy you knew in high school who seemed cool and interesting until he opened his mouth.

Full Review… | July 13, 2006
Film Journal International

... those of us who take our cup of comedy black, with no sugar, will savor it.

Full Review… | May 15, 2006
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Time thinking "Slevin" must have been some kind of typo: 110 minutes.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Broomfield Enterprise

Paul McGuigan directs with the skill of a light-fingered juggler.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

There are a few genuine surprises, but not enough to cover over the fact that the biggest reveal of all was plainly obvious in the first 10 minutes.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Q Network Film Desk can't help but wonder if the movie would've worked better had some of the twists been revealed at the outset...

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

Lucky Number Slevin starts off as entertaining original but comes up empty at the end.

May 6, 2006
Palo Alto Weekly

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.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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.

Mark Walker

Super Reviewer



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.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


Lucky Number Slevin was a pretty action film that I thought didn't deserve the flack it received. I thought that the plot was great and that the cast delivered some good performances. Of course there were things that could have been done better, but for what it is; Lucky Number Slevin is a fun, mindless action film that is very entertaining. The film has a good enough plot, and it most certainly kept me engaged into the film. I thought the film was very entertaining and it was well constructed to deliver good thrills and non-stop action. For what it is, Lucky Number Slevin delivers a good, entertaining 2 hours. This is a good, and I thought it was far better than what most people have said about the film. The film has plenty of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end. The cast make this film work, and the plot is good enough, however it could have been done a bit better, but for what it is, Lucky Number Slevin succeeds at being an entertaining film that does deliver good action and is very entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and I thought that the cast made this film better than it is, and in the end, this is a good action film that is very well conceived despite its flaws. Lucky Number Slevin is a good film and is a must see for people who are looking for a good action film. Though this isn't the best film, Lucky Number Slevin is entertaining enough for you to have fun. A must see for any action buff. A very enjoyable film with an intricate plot. Non-stop action and thrills await you and this film has enough twists and turns to keep you guessing till the electrifying climax. One of the most entertaining action films ijn recent memory.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Lucky Number Slevin Quotes

They picked up the wrong guy.
The Boss:
Wrong guy for what?
Whatever it is you wanted to see me about.
The Boss:
Do you know what I want to see you about?
The Boss:
Then how do you know I have the wrong guy?
– Submitted by Directors C (2 years ago)
The first time someone calls you a horse you punch him on the nose, the second time someone calls you a horse you call him a jerk but the third time someone calls you a horse, well then perhaps it's time to go shopping for a saddle.
– Submitted by Florent L (2 years ago)
What happened to your nose?
I was using it to break some guy's fist.
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
Mr. Goodkat:
A Kansas City Shuffle is when everybody looks right, you go left.
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
Mr. Goodkat:
Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and came in third... that's a story.
– Submitted by Fisch K (2 years ago)
How did you find out?
Mr. Goodkat:
I'm a world class assassin fuckhead. How do you think I found out?
– Submitted by Phil F (2 years ago)

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