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Lucky Number Slevin Reviews

December 18, 2006
With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable.
June 24, 2006
Only Lucy Liu's insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit.
May 12, 2006
It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.
April 19, 2006
Everything in it -- every confusion, every line of unspeakable dialogue, every red herring, every camera setup -- has been borrowed from some movie you've seen before.
April 12, 2006
It finally all makes sense after a fashion, and I think and hope that you will be entertained by all the narrative legerdemain.
April 10, 2006
I think it was entertaining as heck.
April 7, 2006
Not as clever as it thinks, a little too clever for its own good, it's a fun ride, nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin feels exhausted -- like a movie that somehow got lost in time and arrived six years too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 7, 2006
It's self-consciously clever in a not-very-clever way, a puzzle only its creator finds puzzling. It's fun to listen to, not to follow or watch.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 7, 2006
Some movies are too smart for their own good. Lucky Number Slevin only thinks it is.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 7, 2006
A smug, deliberately convoluted mix tape of Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Guy Ritchie and Hitchcock with (mostly) a cast to die for, Lucky Number Slevin is great fun for, say, 20 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2006
The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2006
Like the recent Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Slevin is a real-world crime tale with no grip on reality, just an obsession for gimmicky movie-brat fantasy. Believable, it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2006
With its curlicue plot, consummate cast and crackerjack dialogue, Lucky Number Slevin is the sharpest bang-bang flick of the year so far.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 7, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin provides the kind of enjoyment you get from watching a skilled tap dancer ply his trade on a highly polished surface. Style trumps substance.
Read More | Original Score: B-
April 7, 2006
With so many players in this shell game, a viewer could get paranoid. That's the idea.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2006
It's the type of movie where nothing is as it appears, and even when it's all sorted out it's completely unsatisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 7, 2006
It feels more like a series of bits rather than a coherent narrative, and director Paul McGuigan paces it this way; you never feel as if the entire movie has coalesced, though many of the individual parts are a lot of fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2006
Eventually, having gone along for the ride, we feel taken for a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 7, 2006
Jason Smilovic's screenplay for Paul McGuigan's Lucky Number Slevin would be too clever for its own good if it weren't so ... darn clever.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 7, 2006
If Lucky Number Slevin was as good as it is clever, we'd be talking four stars here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 7, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin definitely gives the old cerebrum a jolt, but it's more of a steroid shot than a real gray-matter workout.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2006
Our curiosity about the answer to the question 'What's a nice kid like you doing in a joint like this?' may be the only thing that keeps us watching.
April 6, 2006
It's not that hyper-violent movies are axiomatically a bad thing, it's just that this particular example is so laden with shootings that it becomes somehow tedious.
April 6, 2006
This pop-culture-infused mistaken-identity thriller ultimately grabs hold and beguiles, though its convoluted plot takes a while to get going.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin is an odd but tasty duck.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 6, 2006
It took me all of 10 minutes to decide I hated it.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 6, 2006
This star-studded jigsaw puzzle of revenge and mistaken identity thinks it's terribly smart, although it amounts to an empty, self-satisfied imitation of Pulp Fiction.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 6, 2006
It's the worst kind of con: It tells us it's a con, so we don't even have the consolation of being led down the garden path. The rug of reality is jerked out from under us in the opening scenes, and before long the floor is being dismantled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2006
Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 6, 2006
[Hartnett's] austere performance lacks urgency and emotion.
Read More | Original Score: C+
April 6, 2006
Even when it's being too clever by half, Lucky Number Slevin racks up twice as many style points as any other film so far this year.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin is one of those movies where, with every knock on the door, you expect whoever answers to get either punched in the nose or shot in the face.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 6, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin is an ingenious maze that viewers will enjoy getting lost in. It's in the rare category of movies I immediately wanted to see again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2006
[The film] sometimes sidles toward pretension but never succumbs to it.
April 6, 2006
Oh, it can be clever -- in the way a precocious kid can be clever. But, like said kid, after a while, you just want it to stop.
Read More | Original Score: D
April 6, 2006
The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 6, 2006
Another drearily sadistic and pointless crime thriller from the excessively in-demand Scottish technician Paul McGuigan.
April 5, 2006
For all its game invention, is less Pulp Fiction than an Elmore Leonard knockoff crossed with Deathtrap: a thriller that holds less interest -- and less water -- the more it reveals about what's actually going on.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 4, 2006
A smug, derivative, but frequently witty crime cartoon.
April 4, 2006
As twisty thrillers of the genre go, this one is more than passable. Overanalyzation can spoil the fun -- this is the kind of movie with which it's best to go with the flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 3, 2006
I keep seeing films in which A-grade actors fill not just the top slots but some of the lesser roles, too, only to find themselves squashed by a script, or by a weight of contrivance, that would be lucky to bring home a C-plus.
March 21, 2006
The convoluted ain't-I-clever script by Jason Smilovic has a cheat ending that makes you want to do a little torturing yourself.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
January 22, 2006
No matter how badly the movie cons you, you must admit that the film is stylish as hell with sharp dialogue, a tongue-in-cheek plot and visual and editing razzle-dazzle.
January 22, 2006
This mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness; it's when the labyrinthine plot starts to make sense, ironically, that the pervasive shallowness becomes a liability.