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Lucky You (2007)


Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 41
Rotten: 100

Critics Consensus: Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.

Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 43
Fresh: 12
Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: Lucky You tries to combine a romantic story with the high-stakes world of poker, but comes up with an empty hand.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 207,106


Movie Info

In the world of high-stakes poker, Huck Cheever is a blaster--a player who goes all out, all the time. But in his personal relationships, Huck plays it tight, expertly avoiding emotional commitments and long-term expectations. When Huck sets out to win the main event of the 2003 World Series of Poker--and the affections of Billie Offer, a young singer from Bakersfield--there is one significant obstacle in his path: his anger toward his father, L.C. Cheever, the poker legend who abandoned Huck's … More

PG-13 (for some language and sexual humor)
Directed By:
Written By:
Curtis Hanson , Eric Roth
In Theaters:
Sep 18, 2007
Box Office:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Lucky You

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (100) | DVD (14)

Hanson and Roth shuffle the two sides of the movie, the poker tournament and the love affair, with a Howard Hawksian feel for casual professionalism.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

While fans of Eric Bana may get a kick out of his meaty, manly performance, Drew Barrymore is a huge mistake.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Lucky You is hardly Mr. Hanson's strongest effort, but it does contain many of his saving graces: a warm regard for his characters, an unhurried pace for his narrative and a grown-up sense of morality.

Full Review… | May 16, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Feels like Showgirls without the tits or dancing.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

It's a ponderous, anemic bore about how to play poker that exploits the trendy gambling fever that is all the rage on the Internet and cable TV, but doesn't have enough energy to keep the most catatonic tournament-poker addict awake.

Full Review… | May 9, 2007
New York Observer
Top Critic

Most of Lucky You, starting with the title, is ordinary or outright awful. Moviemakers, it seems, cannot bluff their way to success.

Full Review… | May 7, 2007
New Yorker
Top Critic

Don't bet on Barrymore's lackluster poker rom-com.

Full Review… | December 18, 2010
Common Sense Media

Curtis Hanson's film concerns itself with wage-makers' addictive pathological itch, desperate hustles and poker's cult of very strange personalities. Its most striking "Tin Cup" kinship: Vindication and victory don't always arrive together.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010

I don't think I believed the movie Lucky You, but I sort of enjoyed it. A caveat: I enjoy watching poker on ESPN. If you don't, this movie will bore you.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Fayetteville Free Weekly

Since Lucky You overdid the poker cliches to death, let me end with one of my favorites: 'You got to know when to hold'em, know when to fold'em.' It seems this film never learned that lesson.

Full Review… | March 3, 2008
The Scorecard Review

Better to fold 'em than to spend time watching Eric Bana and Drew Barrymore go literally nowhere.

Full Review… | January 4, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

Personally, I think this is one of those misunderstood films that never got a fair shake. DVD often corrects such oversights, and my hope is that Lucky You will finally find the appreciative audience it deserves.

Full Review… | September 28, 2007
Aisle Seat

Lucky You undoes what Rounders did right.

Full Review… | September 21, 2007

...a well-intentioned romantic-gambling film that misses the mark by providing little we haven't seen before and better.

Full Review… | September 16, 2007
Movie Metropolis

As soon as it has to face the real world, and deal with "emotions," it goes completely slack.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

...everything about the movie is a little out-of-it, and not just because it's been lying on the studio shelf for a couple of years.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
Baltimore Sun

It's a shame that Barrymore's scenes are such a washout because the rest of the film is perfectly fine.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
NYC Film Critic

The end result is a movie that would have been better off eschewing its comedic aspirations in order to tell a serious story, which Hanson and Duvall have more than proven they're capable of.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
Film Threat

It is amazing how safe Hanson and company play it.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
Entertainment Insiders

Gambling and love rarely mix.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
Zertinet Movies

Can't decide whether it's a cautionary tale about gambling, a weepy father-son drama or a breezy rom-com.

Full Review… | June 30, 2007
Shadows on the Wall

Lucky You is a decent and often engaging character study that deserved more respect from critics and the studio than it received.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
IGN Movies

Below average, overlong drama that fails to deliver an emotional punch, largely because it's unsure of whether it wants to be a father-son drama or a romcom.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007

Gambling drama never seems to draw the right cards. Best to fold...

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
Sunday Mirror [UK]

But Lucky You would be distinctly better if it were shorter in length and clearer about the rules of the game. Its idea that gamblers carry on much the same in life as they do at the tables is hardly original enough to sustain the whole film.

Full Review… | June 22, 2007
This is London

Audience Reviews for Lucky You


This was movie was so boring. Long scenes just watching people play poker... not the most enthralling set up for a movie. I mainly stuck through this one because I do like Drew Barrymore and have enjoyed most of her movies. She's sweet in this as always, but it's not enough to make for interesting viewing. To me, anyhow. Perhaps if you are a poker enthusiast you might feel differently!

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


Enjoyable enough for poker fans, but overall, too many other stupid things going on. It solidified my conviction that Drew Barrymore should stick to strictly comedic roles.

Taylor Bond

Super Reviewer


Director Curtis Hanson made this comedy-drama film of professional poker players' lives quite fantastic and interesting for the fans wanted to give experiences on the poker game. He also set up an interesting interplay of characters, with the scenes between Robert Duvall and Eric Bana especially memorable.

Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer


[font=Century Gothic]In "Lucky You," Huck Cheever(Eric Bana) is a professional gambler living in Las Vegas who spends all of his time trying to gain entry to the World Series of Poker which requires a $10,000 entrance fee. During his rounds, he rescues Billie(Drew Barrymore), sister of an old acquaintance who is in town from her native Bakersfield to pursue a singing career. He gives her a tour of the Las Vegas that he is familiar with, one where the gamblers do nothing else, pretty much living and sleeping in the casinos. In one case, that's literally true. [/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]Directed by Curtis Hanson, "Lucky You" may not have a particularly strong story, but it is a well-told character study(of a character who is not really that likable but that works too), starting with the bravura opening scene set in a pawn shop. On the other hand, the daddy issues are way too familiar. And while the climax is in the expected place, events do not unfold exactly as predicted. But isn't that the way it is with true life where no matter how talented a person is, luck is always a large factor in a deciding their destiny?[/font]
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[font=Century Gothic]The casting is superb, and not only with the principal actors. Most of the faces seen in the movie do not look like they came from Hollywood. Instead, they look like real people who came to Las Vegas and are still trying to find a way out. And not even Drew Barrymore is exempt from this particular spell of deglamorization. [/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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