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Lucky Numbers (2000)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 96
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 75

Nora Ephron's attempt at dark comedy is an uneven product, both in terms of the direction and the acting. The characters are unlikable to the point where you don't care what happens to them, and Ephron condescends to the material.


Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 24

Nora Ephron's attempt at dark comedy is an uneven product, both in terms of the direction and the acting. The characters are unlikable to the point where you don't care what happens to them, and Ephron condescends to the material.



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While lots of people dream of winning the lottery, one man hatches a more ambitious plan than just buying a ticket and hoping for the best in this satiric comedy. Russ Richards (John Travolta), a weatherman on a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sells snowmobiles on the side, but both careers are in a rut thanks to an unusually warm winter. Russ's girlfriend Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) appears on the State Lottery's weekly televised drawing, pulling the numbered balls out of the rotating



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Mar 20, 2001


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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (21) | Rotten (75) | DVD (7)

A visually unattractive picture of meager verve and dynamism.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Variety
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Travolta and Kudrow make a winning combination, and the result is mindless, instantly forgettable comic fluff that will engage you, given half a chance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:
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Tells too much story at not enough energy. It should have been cut back and cranked up.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Never finds the comic tone it's after.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
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It pretty much squanders the talents of everybody involved.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A dark comedy in the muckraking mode that starts out murderously well but then begins to unravel -- just like Russ' misbegotten schemes.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
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Not a great movie, and definitely not for kids.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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With this dud of a dark comedy, it's clear that director Nora Ephron's unluckiest number is that of John Travolta.

October 14, 2007 Full Review Source:

The ping-pong ball trick was funny...but that was all.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source:

Lucky Numbers" builds from a shaky first act and actually gets funnier as the tone gets darker.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

a black comedy that would have been much funnier and edgier if it hadn't been softened up to accomodate a star of Travolta's magnitude.

June 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

About as lucky as a broken mirror.

March 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The colorful cast saves Travolta's hide this time around.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

does manage to possess an enjoyable tone, but often loses its focus and wonders off in so many directions, it's hard to keep up

April 3, 2001 Full Review

In a brazen gamble that mixes a risky brew of raw indie humor with Hollywood feelgood fluff, Lucky Numbers plays a game with the expectations of both of these audiences.

March 24, 2001 Full Review
WBAI Web Radio

Es una verdadera pena que una directora capaz como Ephron se haya prestado para esta cinta que ni llega a ser comedia ni thriller en su totalidad

March 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Moviola

...a movie with a strong premise nailed down firmly, but no decent characters, inspiration, mild humor or even stable plot structure to top off the package.

February 7, 2001 Full Review Source:

Starts out brilliantly, chugs along quite nicely for a while, then wilts and dies just before it ends.

January 1, 2000
Greenwich Village Gazette

The jokes simply aren't there; and, while some individual scenes work, the overall pacing is uneven.

January 1, 2000
TNT's Rough Cut

The crafty actors hit their marks (Kudrow especially), but those marks sink in the quicksand of an insipid script directed with barely any feeling for comical momentum or stylized charm.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

Bits and pieces of it are clever and entertaining, true enough. But not enough to make it a certified hit.

January 1, 2000
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

An uneasy blend of broad comedy, raunch and mayhem -- a typically wobbly outing from a filmmaker who's watchable only when she's got Tom Hanks on board.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Oregonian

There are dark comedies. There are screwball comedies. But there aren't many dark screwball comedies. And if Nora Ephron's Lucky Numbers is any indication, there's a good reason for that.

January 1, 2000
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Ephron and Resnick seem to have lost their way home, allowing the story to unfold rather aimlessly after a reasonably sound set-up.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
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Audience Reviews for Lucky Numbers

Such a silly movie but really funny.
April 12, 2009

Super Reviewer

A movie that's so forgettable you may need to rewind it to remember what's going on. Still, it's as harmless as Goldilock's porridge.
March 28, 2008

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