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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
February 15, 2008
When actors as great as Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman can't make dialogue sound natural, you know the script is a stinkeroo.
Full Review| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Urban Cinefile
February 14, 2008
This rather special film is one about mortality and immortality and guarantees both laughter and tears. Of course, the combination of Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman is special in itself
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
February 14, 2008
Even the stellar pairing of Nicholson and Freeman yields few sparks.
| Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
February 10, 2008
Terminal cancer can wait.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
February 6, 2008
Una comedia menor, sensible y muy disfrutable, que descansa sobre el histrionismo de dos grandes actores como Jack Nicholson y Morgan Freeman.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
February 3, 2008
Is never as trite and cliché as it could be, instead it intends on being a genuine character study focusing on two unfulfilled men who tend to balance each other out...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 31, 2008
Adam and Eve. Lennon and McCartney. The Captain and Tenille. Just a few duos that managed to make a little magic when they got together. And now, for you're viewing pleasure, may I add the celebrated team of Jack and Morgan.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 28, 2008
Despite a somewhat simplistic view of life ... an engaging examination of two men looking back at their lives without pity or regret.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
January 24, 2008
It's Grumpy Old Cancer Victims.
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
January 21, 2008
An endearing film that will bring you to tears and have you cherishing every relationship and day you have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
January 21, 2008
Calling it Rob Reiner's best film in 12 years doesn't mean much. Remember "Alex & Emma"? Still, this is a modestly entertaining Hollywood fairytale of facing death head-on. Its occasionally leaden story gets light, familiar notes from two legends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
January 21, 2008
The Bucket List doesn't want to be about reality. Instead, it's about a fantasy version of illness and death, in which those things have no repercussions except to sanctify the dying.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
January 20, 2008
While not a classic in its own right, The Bucket List displays two great actors in classic form, a sort of Planes, Trains and Automobiles for maturing audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 19, 2008
Yes it's a bit syrupy - but you only live once and I like lots of syrup with my pancakes. May you all live like you were dyin' and laugh so hard you cry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 17, 2008
Considering Rob Reiner's output lately, it's tempting to call the film a triumph, if only on the grounds that it's not awful. The problem is that it isn't any good either,
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 17, 2008
...if the movie leans heavily on its stars...well, wouldn't you?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
Washington Times
January 17, 2008
Director Rob Reiner continues his creative free fall with this flawed, one-note List.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
January 17, 2008
As they cross off items on the bucket list, the men understand each other, their women watch them understand each other, and the rest of us wait for it to be over.
Derek Smith
Cinematic Reflections
January 16, 2008
The only Ang Lee film where he shows even a modicum of originality in his direction or any real personality or interesting visual flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
January 15, 2008
You get the performances you expect from these two great stars, which lift this story mercifully but marginally above its meager content.
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