Lucky Reviews

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September 14, 2018
Stanton's navy veteran quietly dominates virtually every frame, weather-beaten as the landscape around his small American town.
September 12, 2018
A sad, sweet movie.
December 29, 2017
John Carroll Lynch, who's worked with everyone from Martin Scorsese to Albert Brooks, doesn't explicitly borrow from any of his directors, though it's clear from his careful precision that he learned a little something from all of them.
November 15, 2017
It's both subtle and deceptively simple - a great tribute to a performer who never underestimated the power of understatement.
October 13, 2017
More than anything, it's a tribute to Stanton, who wore each of his 91 years in the deep crevasses on his long face, in his weathered voice and on his frail frame.
October 6, 2017
A film comprised of first-rate actors, each given the opportunity to spin a yarn or two.
October 6, 2017
Lucky us.
October 6, 2017
What's a five-letter word meaning "great performance"?
October 5, 2017
Stanton, as "Lucky" reminds us, remained capable of carrying a movie even to the very end.
October 5, 2017
Tracing every step of Lucky's protracted daily routine becomes a powerful exercise in both empathy and discomfort as he ponders the meaning of life and the inevitability of death, without the balm of spirituality.
October 5, 2017
The movie's small, and a little too tidy, but its devotion to ritual and routine nonetheless gives the actors room to maneuver.
October 5, 2017
It is, simply, a lovely time at the movies.
October 5, 2017
"Lucky" is one of Harry Dean Stanton's last roles, a rare leading performance, and it is a treasure.
Top Critic
October 2, 2017
Nothing big happens, but director John Carroll Lynch zeroes in on the undeniable pathos and hidden feelings in Mr. Stanton's map-lined face.
September 29, 2017
Lucky never reaches for the tragic. It's about the grim absurdity of old age and death as anticlimax.
September 29, 2017
If you're a Harry Dean Stanton fan, seeing him get a rare lead in "Lucky" is a kind of present and fond farewell. And if you're not a fan - yet - it's an essential introduction.
September 29, 2017
The humblest deep movie of recent years, a work in the same vein as American marginalia like Stranger Than Paradise and Trees Lounge, but with its own rhythm and color.
September 29, 2017
A movie that simply wouldn't work without the mystical, almost elemental presence of its leading man, Harry Dean Stanton (who died two weeks ago at age 91), Lucky now feels like the last will and testament of a ghost.
September 29, 2017
Even it weren't arriving immediately after his death at the age of 91, this effortlessly moving portrait would be a milestone in Stanton's career ...
September 29, 2017
The movie nurtures a quiet sense of mystery, content in the knowledge that neither an upbeat mind-set nor a cruel, nihilistic one can really capture the full experience of life as it's lived.
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