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Lucky Number Slevin Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 18, 2006
Mark Salisbury
Time Out
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Only Lucy Liu's insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Edelstein
New York Magazine
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It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine

May 12, 2006
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

April 19, 2006
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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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 Source: New York Observer

April 12, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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I think it was entertaining as heck.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

April 10, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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April 8, 2006
Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
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Not as clever as it thinks, a little too clever for its own good, it's a fun ride, nonetheless.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2006
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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Lucky Number Slevin feels exhausted -- like a movie that somehow got lost in time and arrived six years too late.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 7, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's self-consciously clever in a not-very-clever way, a puzzle only its creator finds puzzling. It's fun to listen to, not to follow or watch.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

April 7, 2006
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Some movies are too smart for their own good. Lucky Number Slevin only thinks it is.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 7, 2006
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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A smug, deliberately convoluted mix tape of Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Guy Ritchie and Hitchcock with (mostly) a cast to die for, Lucky Number Slevin is great fun for, say, 20 minutes.

| Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2006
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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Like the recent Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Slevin is a real-world crime tale with no grip on reality, just an obsession for gimmicky movie-brat fantasy. Believable, it's not.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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With its curlicue plot, consummate cast and crackerjack dialogue, Lucky Number Slevin is the sharpest bang-bang flick of the year so far.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: A-

April 7, 2006

Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Lucky Number Slevin provides the kind of enjoyment you get from watching a skilled tap dancer ply his trade on a highly polished surface. Style trumps substance.

| Original Score: B-

April 7, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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With so many players in this shell game, a viewer could get paranoid. That's the idea.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2006
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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It's the type of movie where nothing is as it appears, and even when it's all sorted out it's completely unsatisfying.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 7, 2006
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It feels more like a series of bits rather than a coherent narrative, and director Paul McGuigan paces it this way; you never feel as if the entire movie has coalesced, though many of the individual parts are a lot of fun.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2006
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Eventually, having gone along for the ride, we feel taken for a ride.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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Jason Smilovic's screenplay for Paul McGuigan's Lucky Number Slevin would be too clever for its own good if it weren't so ... darn clever.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

April 7, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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If Lucky Number Slevin was as good as it is clever, we'd be talking four stars here.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 7, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Lucky Number Slevin definitely gives the old cerebrum a jolt, but it's more of a steroid shot than a real gray-matter workout.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

April 7, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Our curiosity about the answer to the question 'What's a nice kid like you doing in a joint like this?' may be the only thing that keeps us watching.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

April 6, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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It's not that hyper-violent movies are axiomatically a bad thing, it's just that this particular example is so laden with shootings that it becomes somehow tedious.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

April 6, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This pop-culture-infused mistaken-identity thriller ultimately grabs hold and beguiles, though its convoluted plot takes a while to get going.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2006
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Lucky Number Slevin is an odd but tasty duck.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

April 6, 2006
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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It took me all of 10 minutes to decide I hated it.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

April 6, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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This star-studded jigsaw puzzle of revenge and mistaken identity thinks it's terribly smart, although it amounts to an empty, self-satisfied imitation of Pulp Fiction.

| Original Score: 2/5

April 6, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's the worst kind of con: It tells us it's a con, so we don't even have the consolation of being led down the garden path. The rug of reality is jerked out from under us in the opening scenes, and before long the floor is being dismantled.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 6, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

April 6, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Even when it's being too clever by half, Lucky Number Slevin racks up twice as many style points as any other film so far this year.

| Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Lucky Number Slevin is one of those movies where, with every knock on the door, you expect whoever answers to get either punched in the nose or shot in the face.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 6, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Lucky Number Slevin is an ingenious maze that viewers will enjoy getting lost in. It's in the rare category of movies I immediately wanted to see again.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2006
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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[The film] sometimes sidles toward pretension but never succumbs to it.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 6, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Oh, it can be clever -- in the way a precocious kid can be clever. But, like said kid, after a while, you just want it to stop.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: D

April 6, 2006
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

April 6, 2006
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Another drearily sadistic and pointless crime thriller from the excessively in-demand Scottish technician Paul McGuigan.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 6, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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For all its game invention, is less Pulp Fiction than an Elmore Leonard knockoff crossed with Deathtrap: a thriller that holds less interest -- and less water -- the more it reveals about what's actually going on.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

April 5, 2006
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
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A smug, derivative, but frequently witty crime cartoon.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

April 4, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As twisty thrillers of the genre go, this one is more than passable. Overanalyzation can spoil the fun -- this is the kind of movie with which it's best to go with the flow.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2006
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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I keep seeing films in which A-grade actors fill not just the top slots but some of the lesser roles, too, only to find themselves squashed by a script, or by a weight of contrivance, that would be lucky to bring home a C-plus.

April 3, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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The convoluted ain't-I-clever script by Jason Smilovic has a cheat ending that makes you want to do a little torturing yourself.

| Original Score: 2/4

March 21, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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No matter how badly the movie cons you, you must admit that the film is stylish as hell with sharp dialogue, a tongue-in-cheek plot and visual and editing razzle-dazzle.

January 22, 2006
Justin Chang
Variety
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This mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness; it's when the labyrinthine plot starts to make sense, ironically, that the pervasive shallowness becomes a liability.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 22, 2006
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