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Lucky Number Slevin Reviews

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 18, 2006
With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable.
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Mark Salisbury
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Only Lucy Liu's insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 12, 2006
It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
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.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 10, 2006
I think it was entertaining as heck.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 8, 2006
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 7, 2006
Some movies are too smart for their own good. Lucky Number Slevin only thinks it is.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 7, 2006
The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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-
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Denver Rocky Mountain News
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.
| Original Score: B-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 7, 2006
With so many players in this shell game, a viewer could get paranoid. That's the idea.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 7, 2006
Eventually, having gone along for the ride, we feel taken for a ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 6, 2006
Lucky Number Slevin is an odd but tasty duck.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
April 6, 2006
It took me all of 10 minutes to decide I hated it.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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+
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 6, 2006
[Hartnett's] austere performance lacks urgency and emotion.
| Original Score: C+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
April 6, 2006
[The film] sometimes sidles toward pretension but never succumbs to it.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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.
| Original Score: D
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 6, 2006
The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
April 6, 2006
Another drearily sadistic and pointless crime thriller from the excessively in-demand Scottish technician Paul McGuigan.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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-
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
April 4, 2006
A smug, derivative, but frequently witty crime cartoon.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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.
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Justin Chang
Variety
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.