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Better Luck Tomorrow Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 5, 2003
...a worthy movie, but it shouldn't be the best one Justin Lin ever makes.
Full Review| Original Score: B
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com
May 2, 2003
For Asian-Americans, the perception of their culture takes a new turn in "Better Luck Tomorrow", Director Justin Lin's wonderful bold new film that is well acted by an amazing ensemble.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 1, 2003
Unique, highly entertaining, completely uncompromising and terrifically acted.
| Original Score: B+
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
April 27, 2003
Led by a novice cast and director, Better Luck Tomorrow is a fascinating and absorbing look at the self-destructive ambition of high school life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2003
Feels nearly as hollow and unknowable as its characters' hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 26, 2003
MTV (which bought this movie out of Sundance) believes the target audience to be high school and college students. I would argue that it's anyone in search of a well-made, thought-provoking motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 25, 2003
It's as if Ferris Bueller morphed into Goodfellas, and, knowing the transition didn't work, the director tossed in some Run Lola Run to pick up the tempo.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 25, 2003
If this is what Lin can do for the Hollywood equivalent of pocket change, we can't wait to see what's possible when he has an actual budget at his disposal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 25, 2003
A savvy, seductive and observationally vivid bit of popcorn culture that is every bit as brainy as its characters.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 25, 2003
It's not a perfect work ... but it is so filled with energy, angst, talent, authenticity and passion that it stands heads above most supposed youth-culture releases.
| Original Score: B
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
April 25, 2003
It springs from such a good idea that it can be forgiven many faults.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2003
Lin starts with the stereotype of the Asian-American kid as clean-cut, hard-working and industrious and turns it on its head.
| Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
April 25, 2003
It's as smart, as sharp and as compelling as filmmaking gets.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
April 25, 2003
It makes you think about the clichéd pictures of Asian kids in the popular imagination and how painful it must be for them to carry the burden of perfection.
| Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 25, 2003
Perpetuates another stereotype: the one about affluent suburban teens who have everything they could ever want but so lack a moral compass that even murder seems like just another extracurricular activity.
| Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 24, 2003
Director Justin Lin's dark twist on the coming-of-age tale is a waft of fresh air.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cynthia Fuchs
Nitrate Online
April 24, 2003
The cycle is designed to resist breaking: even when you think you're out, you're in; if you're Ben, overachieving and banging on the side, you're caught coming or going.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 24, 2003
With none of the smarmy voyeurism that taints Larry Clark's teen exposes, Better Luck Tomorrow manages to get at the truths and the traps of a high-strung segment of today's youth.
| Original Score: 3/4
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
April 24, 2003
You don't have to be an honor student to take this Ellis-esque exposé over The Rules of Attraction any day.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 24, 2003
The dialogue is school-hallway hip (MTV has a hand in distributing this), the humor consistently dark and the stereotypes ready for the puncturing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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