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The Lucky Ones Reviews

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September 24, 2008
It's something of a well-intentioned mess.
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 22, 2008
It isn't unpleasant to spend two hours with these three soldiers, although it might have been more enjoyable to spend the time getting to know them rather than force-feeding them artificial road bumps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 predictable plotting in this well-intentioned salute would be excusable if the dialogue weren't so superficial.
September 26, 2008
Each secret is more implausible than the last.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
September 25, 2008
A road movie with no purpose, and a war drama with no bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 21, 2008
Sometimes, however, empty, contrived fantasies are just empty, contrived fantasies, as is certainly the case with this embarrassingly phony cross between Grace Is Gone, Home of the Brave and, believe it or not, Twister.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 11, 2008
Soldiers deserve a better tribute than this trite, phony dreck.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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 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 24, 2008
Perhaps if The Lucky Ones wasn't so crammed with incidents, the absurd coincidences wouldn't be so grating.
September 16, 2008
It's hard to find the genuine heartfelt moments in The Lucky Ones, a story about three Iraq War soldiers on a brief road trip back in the U.S., under the clutter of narrative contrivances and coincidences.
September 25, 2008
Lucky might have its heart in the right place trying to soften the image of the average Iraq War soldier, but this is a clumsy, insufferable feature film of excessive formula and embarrassing dramatic development.
Full Review | Original Score: D
September 26, 2008
Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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 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 25, 2008
From start to finish, there is not one single scene on display here that contains even a smidgen of reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 26, 2008
I'm sure a lot of bad fiction has been written about veterans and current soldiers in the Iraq War. It's just not that often that it gets shot and projected on to a big screen.
September 25, 2008
If The Lucky Ones wants to seem like anything more than war vets thrust into a sitcom, it should try going five minutes without a contrivance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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