• PG-13, 1 hr. 41 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Scott Hicks
    In Theaters:
    Apr 20, 2012 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 28, 2012
  • Warner Bros. Pictures

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The Lucky One Reviews

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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 Source: 3AW | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 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 Source: Real.com | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Jason Best
Movie Talk

It's all very contrived and sentimental and could easily be unbearably slushy, but director Scott Hicks just about keeps the schmaltz in check.

Full Review Source: Movie Talk

May 4, 2012
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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 Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2012
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

[Efron] sells it almost single-handedly through sheer force of scrumminess.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2012
Emma Dibdin
Total Film

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 Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2012
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com

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 Source: jackiekcooper.com | Original Score: 6/10

April 26, 2012
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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?

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

April 20, 2012
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

April 20, 2012
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

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 Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks | Original Score: 2.3/4

April 20, 2012
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

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 Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

April 20, 2012
Phil Villarreal
OK! Magazine

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 Source: OK! Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

April 20, 2012
Nell Minow
Beliefnet

Director Scott Hicks pours enough syrup over this movie to cover all the pancakes IHOP can serve in a month.

Full Review Source: Beliefnet | Original Score: B

April 19, 2012
Simon Weaving
Screenwize

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 Source: Screenwize | Original Score: 2.5/5

April 19, 2012
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2012
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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 Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 19, 2012
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Despite a plot hole so big it could generate its own gravity field, it's still not a bad movie.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 19, 2012
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 19, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 19, 2012
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