The Lucky One Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
How bad is this Zac attack? Well, let's just say I'm convinced director Scott Hicks opted to render his buff-and-scruffy star the strong, silent type just to keep Efron from opening his mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Cara Nash
FILMINK (Australia)
October 24, 2012
Falling victim to his source material, Hicks fails to invest it with any sort of edge, rendering the cinematic version as mawkish and saccharine as Sparks' bloated prose.
Mark Clark
What Culture
October 4, 2012
Even within the company of recent Sparks releases like this year's 'The Vow', 'The Lucky One' comes across as a two-dimensional cartoon masquerading as heartfelt human interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
August 24, 2012
The movie follows the Sparks formula so precisely, you could write out every detail of the plot just from watching the trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
June 30, 2012
If you're after a high-quality weepie, this superbly crafted romantic melodrama from director Scott Hicks (Shine; The Boys Are Back) and novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) will drain your tear ducts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
June 3, 2012
If you are inclined to say, 'they had me at Zac Efron' then the hunky actor and his scene-stealing boxer briefs will likely make any logic in this screenplay superfluous.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
There is not one real, natural, or genuine second in this movie. It's a standard, stock romance that felt more like the filmmakers were completing a checklist of "romantic drama" story cliches, than telling an actual story
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
May 11, 2012
Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 6, 2012
Clearly, weepie king Sparks is scraping for angsty love story scenarios.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 5, 2012
There's a thin line between the exploration of grief and its exploitation that this film crosses.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2012
All of this [plot] serves as justification for the movie's true purpose, which is to show two gorgeous-looking actors, Efron and Schilling, in artfully photographed and tasteful PG-13 sex scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 4, 2012
Old-fashioned romance to the core, Hicks' film will win no film-making accolades, but will do neither of its attractive leads any harm in the notoriety stakes either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
May 4, 2012
It's all very contrived and sentimental and could easily be unbearably slushy, but director Scott Hicks just about keeps the schmaltz in check.
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 4, 2012
After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 4, 2012
Hicks coats everything in a treacly glow that suffocates any sign of life, least of all from the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 4, 2012
It is dispiriting to see Efron fall prey to the most dangerous rival of artistic expression facing young actors today: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
May 3, 2012
Flicks don't come chickier than this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2012
A tsunami of syrup and a Niagara of nonsense here in this mind-blowingly ridiculous romdram...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 3, 2012
Zac Efron is Tom Cruise-lite. Beyond the blue eyes and man-scaped stubble, you are left with an actor who simply pauses on screen when he is not speaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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