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Better Luck Tomorrow Reviews

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.
April 2, 2013
Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.
July 6, 2010
A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot.
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: B
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 22, 2003
Most of writer-director Justin Lin's shapeless movie is as bland as the neighborhood.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 18, 2003
Although directed in a pop-smart style that eschews dark, deterministic melodramatics for an unsettlingly sunny tone ... the film also frustrates for having come so close to being something truly challenging.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 18, 2003
While its characters are specifically Asian American ... the film really speaks to all young people, about dangerous games and their disturbingly untidy consequences.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 18, 2003
A funny, smart, fearless movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 18, 2003
Beyond its mangled morals ... Better Luck is a riveting and stylized ride from a director with great promise.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 18, 2003
The director sacrifices finesse to run around in the baggy duds of a lurid gangsta flick looking for street cred.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
An impressively authentic portrait of teenagers who, given too much money and freedom by absent parents, have confused maturity with a veneer of sophistication and blase amorality.
April 18, 2003
Although this movie shows Lin's promising moviemaking sensibilities, its point of view feels coldly amoral and dismissive.
April 18, 2003
Starts with the right intentions but quickly unravels.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 18, 2003
Like his characters, Lin may be an overachiever and the strain of trying to do too much shows.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 18, 2003
Mean Streets meets the chess club.
April 17, 2003
Disturbing and enlightening, Better Luck Tomorrow is one of the few contemporary films guaranteed to make you think. And it won't let go.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 17, 2003
A coming-of-age film that takes the cliché of wanting to be cool and gives it a very particularized spin.
Read More | Original Score: B
April 11, 2003
There is a moral ambiguity to the film that could disturb some viewers, but the film's clever plotting and intriguing characters will stay with you well after leaving the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
Lin never gets on a soapbox, and these characters could have walked out of any high school in the country.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2003
Despite giving in to melodrama's nagging demands, Lin displays an arch, nervy style that could serve him well in the future.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 11, 2003
Marks Lin as a talent to watch.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
Not just a thriller, not just a social commentary, not just a comedy or a romance, but all of those in a clearly seen, brilliantly made film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2003
A shrewdly tense piece of storytelling.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
April 10, 2003
There's a sting to this film that gets to you.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2003
An accomplished technician and an adept director of actors, Lin doesn't have a distinctive visual style but he does have the advantage of being as smart as he is slick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 10, 2003
This is a different kind of street-gang picture, one that improves your vocabulary even as it teaches fatally bad study habits.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 10, 2003
Though Better Luck Tomorrow is the work of an intriguing new talent, there remains something amiss about a movie so desperate to legitimize its own daring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 9, 2003
It's a long way from Long Duk Dong.
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 8, 2003
The story gets as melodramatic as anything in Amy Tan.
April 7, 2003
[A] piercing portrayal of American teenagers who are for the most part good-looking, smart, funny -- and almost completely lacking in morals.
April 7, 2002
There's something refreshing about the violation of ethnic stereotypes, especially when the stereotype is politically correct and the violation is more than a simple counterstereotype.
February 13, 2002
Provides both a searing satire of modern suburbia and provocative insight into the malignant maturation of generally well-meaning and privileged kids.