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.
| Original Score: D
A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.
| Original Score: 5/10
Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.
| Original Score: 5.1/10
If you like movies that portray, cheesy, perfect romance between perfect and beautiful people, this is for you.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
Romance isn't dead, but films like this are giving it a bad name.
| Original Score: 1/5
As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.
What we have here, readers, is a middleweight Sparks movie fit to stand toe-to-toe with Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 2/10
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.
Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks team up to complete a paint-by-numbers.
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.
| Original Score: D-
A drama with little conflict aside from an easily swept-aside threat for sole custody and little energy expended by the participants.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
This is romance by numbers and though not execrable, it's a movie for a wet Friday afternoon on the telly.
It is dispiriting to see Efron fall prey to the most dangerous rival of artistic expression facing young actors today: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
In the end, you can only whistle admiringly at the shameless way this film doles out its clichés and conventions...
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.
| Original Score: C-
The lucky ones will be those who give this a wide berth.
Logan and Beth's relationship feels dull and perfunctory, and Efron's attempts at playing post-traumatic stress disorder are laughable.