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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
DVDTalk.com
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
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
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
September 29, 2008
War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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
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
John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 26, 2008
McAdams and Peņa are affectingly vulnerable, while Robbins convinces as a family man with strong paternal instincts.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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-
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
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
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
September 26, 2008
How unusual. How enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Laura Kern
New York Times
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 26, 2008
Of its genre, it's uncommonly good, and it's also the cheeriest movie about Iraq war vets I've yet seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
September 25, 2008
Director Neil Burger keeps things light, and the actors are more than engaging. ... But there's something centrally pat and predictable about the coincidence-laden story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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