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Lottery Ticket Reviews

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 31, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Patrick Friel
Chicago Reader
December 20, 2010
No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
August 24, 2010
There are enough stereotypes in here to get Dr. Laura frothing at the mouth -- and enough menace to merit co-writing credit for the Hughes brothers.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Kevin C. Johnson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 20, 2010
It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad language.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 20, 2010
Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
August 20, 2010
...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliché-fest.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
August 20, 2010
A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 20, 2010
There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 20, 2010
Though the movie looks good and rarely lags on energy, the careless script is filled with tired stereotypes and easy clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 20, 2010
Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
August 20, 2010
A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2010
If any of the central characters in Lottery Ticket had a bit of sense, the movie would be over in about five minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 19, 2010
The comedy is broad, bordering on offensive, the laughs are few, and the positive message feels tacked on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 19, 2010
Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
August 19, 2010
White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
August 19, 2010
A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 19, 2010
Like Barbershop, The Lottery Ticket is about a community as much as it is about a lucky young man who gets in over his head.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 19, 2010
There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Chris Nashawaty
Entertainment Weekly
August 19, 2010
If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 19, 2010
You know what? This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny, and only some misjudged violence in the last lap keeps it from being better than good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
August 18, 2010
Even on its own limited terms, the jokes are sub-Friday sequel, and a last-act grab for Boyz n the Hood pathos is seriously reaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
August 17, 2010
It's comforting, really, to see the movie's soft-pedaling of actual ghetto problems; realism isn't Lottery Ticket's game.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
August 16, 2010
The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2010
A disappointing, trite comedy overrun with African-American stereotypes.