Lucky Numbers Reviews

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March 22, 2002
May 8, 2001
January 1, 2000
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
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
Now I like dumb comedy as much as the next dimwit, but not when the filmmakers condescend to their characters in order to make the audience feel superior.
January 1, 2000
Ephron ... delivers characters and situations that are lame and oddly condescending.
January 1, 2000
All of the main characters in this movie are despicable. This is why they are fun.
January 1, 2000
A visually unattractive picture of meager verve and dynamism.
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
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
[Ephron] seems to condescend to the characters.
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
Never finds the comic tone it's after.
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Instead of becoming involved in the convoluted plot, we stand on the outside looking in, not laughing enough to make it all worthwhile.
January 1, 2000
It's hard to squeeze laughs out of such material, though the talented actors give it their best effort.
January 1, 2000
The movie is as lifeless and unfunny as a corpse on a slab.
January 1, 2000
A movie that drips with condescension.
January 1, 2000
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