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The Lucky One Reviews

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Anna Smith
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Even taken as simple schmaltz, 'The Lucky One' lacks the romantic impact of the adaptation of Sparks's 'The Notebook' or even the Channing Tatum-starrer 'Dear John'.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2012
As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
April 20, 2012
Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 20, 2012
There's not much to the movie besides handsome sets, sun-dappled photography and a plot as predictable as the verse in a Hallmark card.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 20, 2012
[Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 20, 2012
The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
April 20, 2012
I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
A sudsy romantic melodrama that in the 1950s would have been directed with lurid overkill by the likes of Douglas Sirk.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2012
Another Nicholas Sparks novel, another cinematic brush with insulin shock.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
A lazy (in all ways) Nicholas Sparks romance that's as pretty and vacant as its hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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William Goss
Film.com
April 20, 2012
Logan's opening voice-over describes how fate can throw one's life off-course, but nothing about the film that follows strays from Sparks' well-established tear-jerking formula...
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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
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2012
Unable as I am to locate any feelings about him, I see Mr. Efron as a hunk with a problem delivering sustained dialogue in units of more than one or two sentences.
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USA Today
April 19, 2012
The cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 19, 2012
The Lucky One doesn't have a genuine emotion in it or a plausible reason to endure it. It's strictly for the sisters of the cult of Sparks and the men who love them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
Seeing [Schilling] and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into a cake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
April 19, 2012
How can bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, the Thomas Kinkade of the paperback novel, keep churning out sluggish melodramas that lose not one ounce of sap on the trip to the big screen?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 19, 2012
Efron acquits himself reasonably well. Is he sexy enough to make credible a scene where Beth seems to have an orgasm while washing dishes and watching him lift bags of dog food? Maybe not, but, honestly, who could?
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Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
April 19, 2012
...a product that's rolled off the Nicholas Sparks assembly line with every ridiculous plot contortion hard-welded into the structure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News
April 19, 2012
"The Lucky One" left me stone cold.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 19, 2012
The seventh and latest Sparks project to hit the screen, and the sixth one likely to elicit the response "Well, it's no 'Notebook.'"
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
April 19, 2012
When extraordinary coincidences drive a story just because no other elements step up to get the job done, it's hard not to feel jerked around.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
If you've ever liked a Nicholas Sparks movie, you're likely to enjoy this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 18, 2012
You can roll your eyes, or you can give in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2012
The trouble with the movie isn't that it's too girly-swoony; it's that it tries to achieve emotion through glowy sunsets and a paint-by-numbers script.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 18, 2012
The central love story is well-constructed for what it is; it offers the requisite amount of fantasy with just a miniscule dollop of realism. It's escapism for women and an adequate date flick. Or, to be more succinct, it's a Nicholas Sparks movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2012
There's no dramatic or visual scheme here, just random camera angles tossed and mixed.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
April 18, 2012
The trouble with destiny is that it leaves no room for surprise; ditto this safe midseason romancer.
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David Fear
Time Out
April 17, 2012
Like its performers, The Lucky One isn't bad, so much as achingly banal, the sort of instantly consumable and forgettable factory-produced love story that leaves you with no impression whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
No amount of neck nuzzling or back arching can make us believe there's real heat rising between these two.