• 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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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

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 Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: D

June 2, 2013
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered

A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.

Full Review Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 5/10

September 15, 2012
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine

Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.

Full Review Source: Paste Magazine | Original Score: 5.1/10

May 11, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

If you like movies that portray, cheesy, perfect romance between perfect and beautiful people, this is for you.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 2/5

April 26, 2012
Mark Clark
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

October 4, 2012
Jessica Lambert
Little White Lies

Romance isn't dead, but films like this are giving it a bad name.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 1/5

May 2, 2012
Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
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As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 20, 2012
Tara Brady
Irish Times

What we have here, readers, is a middleweight Sparks movie fit to stand toe-to-toe with Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 3/5

April 27, 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 Source: UTV | Original Score: 2/10

May 3, 2012
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
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In "The Lucky One," an occasionally shirtless Zac Efron lifts heavy things, plays the piano, reads "Moby Dick," bonds with a small child and fixes a tractor. Puppies lick his face.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2012
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com

Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks team up to complete a paint-by-numbers.

Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Original Score: 2/5

April 20, 2012
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects

The Lucky One is so dismal, so off-kilter, so nonsensical that even the ever-ready charms of Zac Efron cannot redeem it in the slightest.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: D-

April 21, 2012
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star

A drama with little conflict aside from an easily swept-aside threat for sole custody and little energy expended by the participants.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2012
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

At this point, Sparksian romances unfold via their own preordained formula, and measures of their merits largely hinge on how well each can bend the cookie-cutter.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

April 17, 2012
Alison Jones
Birmingham Post

This is romance by numbers and though not execrable, it's a movie for a wet Friday afternoon on the telly.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

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 Source: What Culture | Original Score: 2/5

May 4, 2012
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman

In the end, you can only whistle admiringly at the shameless way this film doles out its clichés and conventions...

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

April 29, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

More time needed to be spent exploring these characters as opposed to showing us picturesque landscapes to the backdrop of songs preaching about love and sunshine.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: C-

April 20, 2012
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz

The lucky ones will be those who give this a wide berth.

Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz | Original Score: 1/5

April 19, 2012
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Logan and Beth's relationship feels dull and perfunctory, and Efron's attempts at playing post-traumatic stress disorder are laughable.

Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2012
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