The Lucky One Reviews

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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
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
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
May 3, 2012
[Efron] sells it almost single-handedly through sheer force of scrumminess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 2, 2012
An averagely entertaining and heavily clichéd romantic drama that stays the right side of watchable thanks to strong performances from Efron, Schilling and a scene-stealing Blythe Danner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
May 1, 2012
A through-and-through weepie that's unlikely to convert any Sparks naysayers. The darker hues of its war-based story nonetheless make the sugary excesses easier to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 26, 2012
Zac Efron is stuck in no man's land between boy and man. This movie needed a strong male lead and he didn't deliver - not that his hordes of fans will care.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 20, 2012
Efron is effortless as the wounded soul, Logan. He's almost a little too perfect. I mean really --- who is that good looking, patient, understanding and plays the piano?
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 20, 2012
The movie is manipulative, sentimental and totally predictable. Yet it works beautifully, primarily due to the fine performances of Efron and his leading lady, Taylor Schilling.
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 20, 2012
I won't elaborate on the plot points. I'll just say that I could have done without the melodramatic elements that punctuate the film and underscore its climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.3/4
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
April 20, 2012
Efron is surprisingly up to the task of conveying this humanity. His performance is powerful and contained. He is often silent and yet he still communicates.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine
April 20, 2012
If those guys who make all those Scary Movie-style parodies ever tried to make fun of Nicholas Sparks books, you'd hardly be able to tell their mockeries from the originals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
April 19, 2012
Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this movie to cover all the pancakes IHOP can serve in a month.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
April 19, 2012
You get just what you'd expect from this Nicolas Sparks romance - good-looking people, ever so soft lighting, and music just tender enough to stir your soul while you watch the inevitability of soul mates finding true love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 19, 2012
The Sparks-styled romance has almost become its own movie genre - predictable, pure of heart, sentimental and never straying from the boy-meets-girl basics, or the surface, for that matter - and in that "The Lucky One" delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 19, 2012
The latest screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance in which fate, destiny, and sage cliches whirl together in a sugar crash of meaningful moments and tasteful eroticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 19, 2012
Despite a plot hole so big it could generate its own gravity field, it's still not a bad movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 19, 2012
Will those who aren't inclined to appreciate a familiar romantic fantasy change their minds about this one? No. But if that concept is up your (carefully lit, dreamy) alley, then you may be the lucky one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 19, 2012
The sun breaks through the clouds, you smile through your tears, and your cynicism - even the tiny voice in your head crying out, "Wait, none of this makes any sense!" - is silenced by sweet music and swelling sentiment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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