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The Lucky Ones Reviews

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook
October 7, 2015
Mostly everything in the film, regardless of how contrived the set up, eventually rings true.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 15, 2011
Their real, unstated missions are more in the nature of relocating their souls and finding some elusive peace of mind.
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 26, 2010
... captures the manner in which both the smallest and largest events on a road trip can build a sense of camaraderie among three strangers with very little in common.
David Cornelius
March 18, 2009
If not for the warmth and likability of its characters and those playing them, The Lucky Ones would be a tiresome formula picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 6, 2008
It feels like the writers were trying for dialogue that sounded natural and improvisational. Instead, it feels scripted and rehearsed. It's all phony balony!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 30, 2008
Ultimately I was left without any clear notion as to what was being said through the film and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Adam Fendelman
September 30, 2008
In this interview, The Lucky Ones director Neil Burger speaks about understanding the modern soldier, his surprising casting choice of anti-war activist Tim Robbins as a veteran and why he relates the story while the Iraq conflict continues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 29, 2008
War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 29, 2008
The Iraq war has thus far produced no truly memorable dramatic movies, as opposed to documentaries, and the losing streak continues with The Lucky Ones.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 29, 2008
The direction is functional, workmanlike; Burger never steals the spotlight from his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Diana Saenger
September 27, 2008
The biggest disappointment is in this script, written by Dirk Wittenborn and Neil Burger who gave us the delightful Illusionistin 2006.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
September 27, 2008
... reductive and unfunny ... think Coming Home crossed with Vegas Vacation minus Cousin Eddie ...
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 27, 2008
...benefits substantially from the strength and charisma of its three leads...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
September 26, 2008
Rachel McAdams keeps reminding me how good she is in every role she takes. In this movie, she just glows energy. Acting is one thing. How do you project energy? Through joy, anger and curiosity, she projects this vibe and she is the backbone of the film.
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
September 26, 2008
Based on the evidence here, director/co-writer Neil Burger may be the last American who's ambivalent about the Iraq War, and his movie suffers for it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 26, 2008
While their circumstances may be forced, the three characters feel like real, complex, likable people. That's a real rarity in a film about veterans, no matter what the ideology is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 26, 2008
This is not the worst of the Iraq-themed movies of the past few years, and it's possibly the best acted of any of them. But you wish the bonding of these three people wasn't diluted by the trite scenarios and artificial circumstances of their saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide
September 26, 2008
The dialogue is often sharp and funny and the performances nicely pitched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
September 26, 2008
As they hit the road, the scenes play out like TV sitcom vignettes with little holding the centre together. We find out details about the characters lives, but never feel we know them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 26, 2008
Each secret is more implausible than the last.
| Original Score: 1/4
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