Lucky Numbers Reviews

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January 1, 2000
It's the easiest kind of comedy, comedy of derision. No joke about the rubes is left alone. And no obvious plot twist is, either.
January 1, 2000
The thing just dies on celluloid, as line after line and scene after scene falls flat.
January 1, 2000
Each idea is good for maybe one and a half funny moments, tops. Add them up, and you may have a halfway-decent sitcom episode but not a movie.
January 1, 2000
It proves to be a detached experience that isn't much fun at all.
January 1, 2000
[Ephron] seems to condescend to the characters.
January 1, 2000
would make a fine watch on TV if there were nothing else to do.
January 1, 2000
It pretty much squanders the talents of everybody involved.
January 1, 2000
Gags hit with sledgehammer heaviness and most of them mock the movie's own characters so relentlessly -- and mirthlessly -- that one winces rather than laughs.
January 1, 2000
Ephron and Resnick seem to have lost their way home, allowing the story to unfold rather aimlessly after a reasonably sound set-up.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
No one in Lucky Numbers is either likable or interestingly offbeat -- and you need one or the other quality to hold your attention through this slimy enterprise.
January 1, 2000
There's not enough here to compensate for extended stretches of dead space.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Bits and pieces of it are clever and entertaining, true enough. But not enough to make it a certified hit.
January 1, 2000
The crafty actors hit their marks (Kudrow especially), but those marks sink in the quicksand of an insipid script directed with barely any feeling for comical momentum or stylized charm.
January 1, 2000
Never finds the comic tone it's after.
January 1, 2000
If [Ephron is] going to incorporate shootings, bludgeonings and obscene language into her work, she's going to need more practice.
January 1, 2000
Leave it to director Nora Ephron to declaw a black comedy like Lucky Numbers, turning it into something docile and almost sweet.
January 1, 2000
Taking a chance on Lucky Number is a lot like playing the actual lottery. You might enjoy it, but the odds are against you.
January 1, 2000
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