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Lucky Bastard Reviews

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 5, 2014
Two contrived things, found-footage and porn, combine to create a flick that is distasteful and downright disgusting in so many ways.
Witney Seibold
May 23, 2014
The NC-17-rated Lucky Bastard uses the found footage gimmick to surprisingly strong effect, and it give a refreshingly frank view of the porn industry, but eventually steeps into moralizing and tut-tutting that left a very sour taste in my mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies
May 16, 2014
makes a point to tell a real horror story without getting overly exploitative or gimmicky
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brad Keefe
Columbus Alive
April 21, 2014
Occasionally toys with a smarter critique of the culture, though the film is not as clever as it thinks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
March 6, 2014
[Nathan], who co-wrote the clever, resourceful and at times darkly wry script with Lukas Kendall, effectively combines the eclectic footage (kudos to editor Tony Randel) to form a kicky, highly involving narrative.
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
February 21, 2014
It's a surprisingly effective little thriller that entertains with laughs, nudity, and a third act bloodletting that feels a bit like Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mark Bell
Film Threat
February 21, 2014
The found footage offers a rawness to the film, and the actors do a great job of melting into that false reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Labuza
February 21, 2014
None of the murders is particularly well staged (the sound effects feel distinctly off), yielding little in the way of suspense.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
February 21, 2014
Less exploitative and a bit smarter than its seedy adult-film setting would suggest.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 21, 2014
An especially underwhelming found-footage thriller...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
Lucky Bastard mostly combines the worst of all worlds [...] This is amateur-hour all around.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
February 14, 2014
Creepy, gradually suspenseful and well-acted, but not as provocative or profound as it could have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.15/10
Bill Gibron
February 14, 2014
Had it tried a bit harder, Lucky Bastard would have been a classic, instead of a clever if sometimes contrived creepshow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 13, 2014
A sorry-looking found-footage thriller as unconvincing as its characters' thrashing orgasms.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
February 13, 2014
For all its teasingly provocative set-up, it ultimately reveals itself to be pretty vanilla.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
February 13, 2014
If nothing else (and that is pretty accurate), this found-footage horror film comprises the perfect storm of keywords to ensure moderate online success: porn, guns, boobs, simulated rape, antisocial psychopath.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
February 12, 2014
In the end, considering the numerous ways the film goes limp, it seems credibility still eludes the found-footage genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rob Staeger
Village Voice
February 11, 2014
The film is most successful when humanizing the people behind the objectification, with lives beyond the smut.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
February 11, 2014
Nathan and cowriter Lukas Kendall bobble the intro with some tension-ruining footage shot by police, but once the movie skips back in time to a sunny Van Nuys mansion decked out with hidden cameras, the concept takes on absorbing life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kam Williams
Baret News
February 11, 2014
A compelling, high body-count whodunit for folks willing to watch a lot of kinky cavorting while trying to unravel clues leading to the killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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