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The Lucky Ones Reviews

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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
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 29, 2008
War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
...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
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
The dialogue is often sharp and funny and the performances nicely pitched.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2008
How unusual. How enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
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
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
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