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Better Luck Tomorrow Reviews

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Ben Nuckols
Associated Press
April 2, 2013
Better Luck Tomorrow, a corrosive, insightful study of the pressure-packed lives of suburban high school students, brings a new variant to gangster movies: gangsters with perfect SAT scores.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2013
Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.
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Todd McCarthy
July 6, 2010
A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Justin Lin succeeds in shocking audiences with a story that breaks the mold...
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
Intriguing but dramatically thin.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Incisive [and] cautionary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot.
Wesley Lovell
Apollo Guide
August 22, 2004
Has an optimistic outlook that uses pessimistic results in a manner fitting for a film of such solid morality.
| Original Score: 79/100
Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
August 2, 2004
Um filme do qual Martin Scorsese pode se orgulhar.
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Mckay
February 21, 2004
You could have replaced everyone in this movie with the cast of some lily-white show like Dawson's Creek and nobody would notice the difference.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 18, 2004
Justin Lin’s biggest accomplishment is providing a stereotype-shattering insiders’ view of the angst and rage of a group of Asian teenagers ...
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 4, 2004
[I]f the story has some rough edges, well, it's a first film.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 6, 2003
Doesn't settle for easy thriller plot twists.
Full Review| Original Score: A
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
September 6, 2003
At times Lin's story slides into crime cliches, but whatever he lacks in plotting he makes up for in style and brute emotional force.
| Original Score: 4/5
Richard Horgan
May 30, 2003
. . .its bolder themes and naked ambition heighten the sense of disappointment towards the film's end when it fails to deliver on its initial promise.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 14, 2003
The picture's relative uniqueness is what intrigues and compels, marking Better Luck Tomorrow as important, if not ultimately entirely successful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 12, 2003
A powerful and unpredictable film.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
May 9, 2003
Reviewers seem surprised that a young Asian-American filmmaker has been reading Bret Easton Ellis and watching Quentin Tarantino, when in reality the opposite would be startling...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Shirley Klass
Fantastica Daily
May 9, 2003
Those looking for the gangster movie seen in the TV spots will be seriously disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
May 8, 2003
a fairly provocative look at teenage life, featuring the kinds of multidimensional characters that aren't typically included in movies aimed at the high school crowd.
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