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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
September 26, 2008
Each secret is more implausible than the last.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 26, 2008
McAdams and Peņa are affectingly vulnerable, while Robbins convinces as a family man with strong paternal instincts.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2008
The Lucky Ones has plenty of heart and courage. If it only had a brain ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
In the end, they laugh together, they cry together and they all learn a little something about this place we call America. At least, that was probably the plan.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 26, 2008
Like its lead characters, Lucky is wounded, lost, and impractical, but it has a messy, winning humanity and an agreeably leisurely pace that almost redeems it.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 26, 2008
It gets so preoccupied with all the local color and colorful locals, that it forgets about the people on this journey -- or their ultimate destination.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 26, 2008
Its lack of emotional thrust doesn't inspire the viewer to feel one way or another.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 26, 2008
As entertainment, the film works sporadically, though Burger never finds a rhythm.
September 26, 2008
Director and co-writer Neil Burger's drama uses the war as a springboard to tell a darkly funny, and sometimes profoundly moving, story of the men and women who are the warriors.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2008
It's all merely unbelievable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
How unusual. How enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 26, 2008
The chemistry between the three soldiers is strong, but their journey rings hollow.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
September 26, 2008
The story (by director Burger and Dirk Wittenborn) contains too many coincidences and convergences to wholly ring true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 26, 2008
By structuring this as a comic road movie, writer-director Neil Burger manages to examine the emotional isolation of returning vets without sinking into a bog of despair.
September 26, 2008
What gives these episodes cumulative impact is the group portrait that emerges of a well-meaning country in a state of drift.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
September 26, 2008
[A] far-fetched take on Iraq War homecomings.
September 26, 2008
With a smooth, light touch, The Lucky Ones focuses on the idea that the present and the people who factor into it are all we really have.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 26, 2008
Three Army soldiers on the road in America bond together through a series of preposterous happenings that come across as silly.
Full Review| Original Score: 1/5
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