• R, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Nora Ephron
    In Theaters:
    Oct 27, 2000 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 20, 2001
  • Paramount Pictures


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Lucky Numbers Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not a great movie, and definitely not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

December 25, 2010
Michael Dequina

With this dud of a dark comedy, it's clear that director Nora Ephron's unluckiest number is that of John Travolta.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 14, 2007
John Venable

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

Full Review Source: Supercala.com | Original Score: 4/10

December 31, 2005
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

June 18, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 15, 2002
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine

About as lucky as a broken mirror.

Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine | Original Score: short

March 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 6/10

October 10, 2001
Blake French

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

April 3, 2001
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

March 24, 2001

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

Full Review Source: Moviola | Original Score: 1/4

March 6, 2001
David Keyes

...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.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 7, 2001
Jay Carr
Boston Globe
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Never finds the comic tone it's after.

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
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The movie is as lifeless and unfunny as a corpse on a slab.

January 1, 2000
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette

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

January 1, 2000
Andy Klein
TNT's Rough Cut

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

January 1, 2000
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

January 1, 2000
Sue Pierman
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

January 1, 2000
Shawn Levy

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.

Full Review Source: Oregonian

January 1, 2000
Todd Anthony
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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
Philip Booth
Orlando Weekly

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

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly

January 1, 2000
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