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The Lucky Ones Reviews

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 1/5
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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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
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 26, 2008
The Lucky Ones has plenty of heart and courage. If it only had a brain ...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 26, 2008
Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Christy DeSmith
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 26, 2008
It's all merely unbelievable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
September 26, 2008
How unusual. How enjoyable.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
September 26, 2008
The chemistry between the three soldiers is strong, but their journey rings hollow.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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David Germain
Associated Press
September 26, 2008
[A] far-fetched take on Iraq War homecomings.
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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
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 25, 2008
If a couple of the plot devices seem contrived, The Lucky Ones makes up for them with sharp, heartfelt performances, and a deceptively easygoing narrative style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
September 25, 2008
A thoughtful study on the way foreign wars can reverberate here at home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 25, 2008
This formula is fraught with pitfalls, but the characters and the actors redeem it with a surprising emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sura Wood
Hollywood Reporter
September 25, 2008
The plot functions in a rudimentary fashion setting up one contrived complication after another, engendering a desire, despite a few amusing scenes and pleasant company, for the trio to arrive at their respective destinations as soon as possible.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
September 25, 2008
The Lucky Ones takes a decent premise -- three soldiers returning from Iraq facing domestic challenges upon their arrival home -- and crams so much forced drama into it that the movie devolves into a hack buddy picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 24, 2008
It's something of a well-intentioned mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 24, 2008
The Lucky Ones isn't dull, and the actors do quite nicely, especially McAdams, who's feisty, gorgeous, and as mercurial as a mood ring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Vadim Rizov
Village Voice
September 24, 2008
It's finally all too familiar.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
September 24, 2008
Even when it feels contrived, The Lucky Ones is enhanced by Mr. Peņa, Ms. McAdams and especially the terrific, always surprising Mr. Robbins, in performances so likable and well timed they carry you aloft, like a flag.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
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.