Lucky Numbers (2000) - Rotten Tomatoes

Lucky Numbers (2000)



Critic Consensus: Nora Ephron's attempt at dark comedy is an uneven product, both in terms of the direction and the acting. The characters are unlikable to the point where you don't care what happens to them, and Ephron condescends to the material.

Movie Info

While lots of people dream of winning the lottery, one man hatches a more ambitious plan than just buying a ticket and hoping for the best in this satiric comedy. Russ Richards (John Travolta), a weatherman on a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sells snowmobiles on the side, but both careers are in a rut thanks to an unusually warm winter. Russ's girlfriend Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) appears on the State Lottery's weekly televised drawing, pulling the numbered balls out of the rotating bin. With the help of a few of his less scrupulous friends - among them sleazy strip joint proprietor Gig (Tim Roth), small time hood Dale The Thug (Michael Rappaport), and Crystal's sleazy cousin Walter (Michael Moore) - Russ figures out a way to rig the drawing and have Crystal pull numbers that they happen to own. However, Russ discovers that making the scheme work and keeping everyone quiet about it is more trouble than it's worth. The supporting cast includes Chris Kattan, Ed O'Neill, and Bill Pullman; Nora Ephron, who previously worked with Travolta on the comedy hit Michael, directed. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (language, sexuality, some drug use and brief violence)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Adam Resnick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 20, 2001
Box Office: $9.5M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


John Travolta
as Russ Richards
Lisa Kudrow
as Crystal
Bill Pullman
as Lakewood
Richard Schiff
as Jerry Green
Sam McMurray
as Chief Troutman
Caroline Aaron
as Nurse Sharpling
Nick Loren
as Father
Emmy Labourne
as Process Server
Ken Jenkins
as Dan Schuff
Andrea Walters
as Heidi Zimmer
Ginger Williams
as Larry's Girlfriend
Frank Riccardi Jr.
as Dale's Partner
Pat Jordan
as Larry's Mother
Scott Mosenson
as Paramedic
Katrina Law
as Teen Girl
Kim Stutzman
as Teen Girl
Susie Ewing
as Teen Girl
Nancy Hopewell
as Waltzing Crab Patron
Carmen Ashby
as Waltzing Crab Patron
Chris Palmer
as Mitch Robertson
Tony Carreiro
as Reporter
Stephanie Erb
as Reporter
J.J. Sacha
as Game Show Announcer
Etty Lau
as Dancer
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Critic Reviews for Lucky Numbers

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (31)

Never finds the comic tone it's after.

January 1, 2000
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The movie is as lifeless and unfunny as a corpse on a slab.

January 1, 2000
New York Post
Top Critic

The characters are generally too repulsive even for our toleration, much less our affection, and the comedy is too mild to transcend that lack of involvement.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

A movie that drips with condescension.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

A dark comedy in the muckraking mode that starts out murderously well but then begins to unravel -- just like Russ' misbegotten schemes.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Not a great movie, and definitely not for kids.

Full Review… | December 25, 2010
Common Sense Media

Audience Reviews for Lucky Numbers


Such a silly movie but really funny.

Sunil Jawahir

Super Reviewer

A movie that's so forgettable you may need to rewind it to remember what's going on. Still, it's as harmless as Goldilock's porridge.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

Okay, I went into this movie thinking it was going to be utter crap, but since I love Roth, I decided to see it anyway. And I must say I was quite surprised. It had a nice flow to it, and a great cast that portrayed nicely eccentric characters, especially John Travolta. I'm so used to seeing him be a hardened criminal that when he's floundering around and squeeling in this I just couldn't help but laugh out loud. Lisa Kudrow was also great and played a real crazy bitch, which was nice considering the usual ditzes she plays. Roth was great as usual, and was strangely charming despite his character's immoral personality. Oh, and Pullman was great too; he was actually probably the funniest as a the laziest police officer you'll ever see. So all in all it had a few laughs and some witty parts, but it still felt like it was trying a bit too hard. I'd wait to see it on TV or rent it if you're really interested, but I'd only suggest it to Travolta or Roth fans.

Ashton R.

Super Reviewer

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