Lucky You Reviews

Page 1 of 8
Top Critic
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 19, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tony Macklin
Fayetteville Free Weekly
February 2, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
September 28, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
June 30, 2007
It's a shame that Barrymore's scenes are such a washout because the rest of the film is perfectly fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Stax
IGN Movies
June 22, 2007
Lucky You is a decent and often engaging character study that deserved more respect from critics and the studio than it received.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Johnny Vaughan
Sun Online
June 22, 2007
As Kenny Rogers once said: "It's all about knowing when to hold 'em and knowing when to fold 'em". In poker terms this over-long flop is a busted flush.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
James Mottram
Time Out
June 22, 2007
While fans of Eric Bana may get a kick out of his meaty, manly performance, Drew Barrymore is a huge mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
June 22, 2007
A 'realistic' Vegas movie that will set no-one's soul on fire, but is further proof that Hanson can lend his talents to any style of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2007
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.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
May 15, 2007
While the Las Vegas hold 'em tables provide the backdrop, this film revolves around human emotions.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 14, 2007
An intelligent and confidently pokey throwback to the nonconformist-validating character dramas of the 1970s...
| Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 11, 2007
...generally has the feel and tone of a low-key character study...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
May 10, 2007
...a mildly diverting throwback to star vehicles of the 1930s (it's easy to picture the three leads played by Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Lionel Barrymore).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 9, 2007
The romance between Huck and Billie isn't credible ... Far better are the scenes between Huck and L.C., and Hanson and Roth make sure to surround this pair with a wide array of interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 9, 2007
Meandering and endearing, Curtis Hanson's loosey-goosey Las Vegas reworking of Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner deserved a better deal.
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 7, 2007
It's a small film, but a rewarding one.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 6, 2007
Duvall does wonders with his underwritten supporting part, bringing wit to the gaming table.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
May 6, 2007
The best thing about the film is a sweet, slightly damaged performance by Drew Barrymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

ComingSoon.net
August 4, 2007
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 30, 2007
Page 1 of 8