The Bucket List Reviews

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
December 14, 2007
Rob Reiner's films have always aimed for a heartwarming effect and more frequently resulted in heartworm.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Coco Forsythe
Future Movies UK
December 25, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 12, 2009
...contrived and forced, almost begging the audience to pull out the hankie.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 11, 2008
I urgently advise hospitals: Do not make the DVD available to your patients; there may be an outbreak of bedpans thrown at TV screens.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
January 10, 2008
Dying just seems an excuse for a geriatric, spend-it-all Spring Break.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 1, 2008
... plays like Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, reimagined as an uninspired sitcom and travelogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
December 23, 2007
This terminally ill, terminally awful dramedy marks a sad cinematic milestone: The Bucket List is the first film in history to feature a truly wretched Nicholson performance -- and we're not talking about the character he plays.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Rossiter Drake
San Francisco Examiner
April 10, 2008
'The Bucket List' begins with a bleak, unsparing glimpse into the unraveling lives of two terminal-cancer patients and ends in unblushing sentimentality.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
December 24, 2007
as though the filmmakers were trying to cram the worst of Hollywood into one picture
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
January 10, 2008
Reiner cannot reconcile the wildly different tones of the movie: buffoonish comedy one minute, treacly life-and-death melodrama the next.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
At one point Morgan Freeman's character shouts, 'This was supposed to be fun.' I couldn't agree more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
February 25, 2008
Just die, already!
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
August 22, 2008
This movie has the same level of false, mediocre level of entertainment as the movie WILD HOGS. If you liked that one, then you might like this. But I despise both.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tricia Olszewski
Let's Not Listen
February 28, 2008
The film's trailers suggest the triteness you're in for, and Morgan Freeman's opening narration -- his usual wise-old-black-man spiel -- seconds it.
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 12, 2007
A picture about two cancer patients confronting reality, and deciding how they want to spend their presumed last days, that has not an ounce of reality about it.
Brian Orndorf
OhmyNews.com
January 9, 2008
Those looking for a romp in the daisies should be advised that Bucket List isn't going to provide much in the laugh department. If you've seen director Rob Reiner's work in recent years, this shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
January 12, 2008
The Bucket List dies long before the characters do.
Top Critic
David Lewis
Variety
February 23, 2012
Xan Brooks
Guardian
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
December 26, 2007

BBC.com
February 12, 2008

Times [UK]
October 18, 2008

Screen International
October 18, 2008
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 18, 2008

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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