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The Lucky Ones Reviews

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June 3, 2017
A cautious but strained apolitical Iraqi War drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
October 7, 2015
Mostly everything in the film, regardless of how contrived the set up, eventually rings true.
August 15, 2011
Their real, unstated missions are more in the nature of relocating their souls and finding some elusive peace of mind.
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.
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
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
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
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
September 29, 2008
War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
September 29, 2008
The direction is functional, workmanlike; Burger never steals the spotlight from his characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
September 27, 2008
... reductive and unfunny ... think Coming Home crossed with Vegas Vacation minus Cousin Eddie ...
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
September 27, 2008
...benefits substantially from the strength and charisma of its three leads...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
September 26, 2008
There are so many little touches, so many delicate nuances that constantly amaze and inspire, that by the time it was over I almost didn't want their story to come to an end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
September 26, 2008
The dialogue is often sharp and funny and the performances nicely pitched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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