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Lucky You Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 4/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 10, 2008
Hanson and Roth shuffle the two sides of the movie, the poker tournament and the love affair, with a Howard Hawksian feel for casual professionalism.
| Original Score: 3/4
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James Mottram
Time Out
June 22, 2007
While fans of Eric Bana may get a kick out of his meaty, manly performance, Drew Barrymore is a huge mistake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
May 16, 2007
Lucky You is hardly Mr. Hanson's strongest effort, but it does contain many of his saving graces: a warm regard for his characters, an unhurried pace for his narrative and a grown-up sense of morality.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 10, 2007
Feels like Showgirls without the tits or dancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 9, 2007
It's a ponderous, anemic bore about how to play poker that exploits the trendy gambling fever that is all the rage on the Internet and cable TV, but doesn't have enough energy to keep the most catatonic tournament-poker addict awake.
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David Denby
New Yorker
May 7, 2007
Most of Lucky You, starting with the title, is ordinary or outright awful. Moviemakers, it seems, cannot bluff their way to success.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
May 4, 2007
Even if you think you know where Lucky You is headed, there's something pleasurable about watching it unfold.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 4, 2007
Dispassionate and dull despite some strong performances, Lucky You just feels played out.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
May 4, 2007
Made a couple of years ago, Curtis Hanson's Oedipally fraught Vegas dud is only now being unceremoniously dumped for what will certainly be a heartbeat of theatrical life.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 4, 2007
A solid, well-made, generally gripping and intelligent movie.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 4, 2007
Movies, like poker, can result in some unexpected combinations. Who knew, for example, that the director of L.A. Confidential and the screenwriter of The Insider and Munich, working together, would add up to a losing hand?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
May 4, 2007
At 2 hours and 15 minutes, Lucky You does play a bit long. It's probably about two hours longer than it needs to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2007
Unfortunately, somebody seems to have had the idea that Lucky You should be a long movie -- that way, we might take it more seriously, perhaps.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 4, 2007
Best known for L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile, Hanson is an accomplished filmmaker. But you wouldn't know it from this unfocused movie that shows us cardsharps of an unusually dull variety.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 4, 2007
The whole house of cards collapses into an agreeable sort of predictability.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
May 4, 2007
It's a weak hand from the filmmaker; not a colossal failure, just a dreary mediocrity.
| Original Score: 2/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 4, 2007
Even though Lucky You is sometimes dull and generally thin, there is something winning about the movie's genial lack of ambition.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 4, 2007
Staying home and playing solitaire would be two levels more interesting than watching this movie, which is directed, or rather embalmed, by L.A. Confidential man Curtis Hanson.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 4, 2007
Lucky You is in the mold of The Hustler and The Cincinnati Kid. But while there is conflict, there is no tension, and while there is plenty of gamesmanship, there is no suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 4, 2007
Lucky You is a penny-ante movie about high-stakes Las Vegas poker. It's a tepid and flavorless effort despite a notable cast and a generally strong director.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
May 4, 2007
[Curtis] Hanson has had a string of fine films, including Wonder Boys, L.A. Confidential and 8 Mile, but Lucky You feels as if it could have been made by anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
May 4, 2007
In the end, Lucky You lays out poker as a sterile corporate undertaking. For lovers of the game and lovers of the cinema, it's far from a safe bet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
May 4, 2007
From the opening scene, the movie is flatter than week-old beer.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 4, 2007
The deal was wrong right from the beginning on Lucky You.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 4, 2007
While Lucky You may not stand in the august company of Hanson movies like L.A. Confidential, 8 Mile and the unfairly overlooked In Her Shoes, it is a lot more entertaining than its well-played premise might initially seem.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 4, 2007
We get lots of high-stakes poker and too much pulseless drama in Lucky You, the latest movie to wander through the casinos of Las Vegas.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 4, 2007
Lucky You lingers at the poker tables, then races through the romance.
| Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
May 4, 2007
Lucky You is a curiously ordinary and uninvolving tale from the filmmaker behind such insightful character pieces as Wonder Boys and L.A. Confidential.
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
May 4, 2007
A solid piece of mainstream storytelling that works as a character study and a love story, even if you don't know a gut-shot straight draw from a nut flush.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2007
Like The Hustler, this absorbing Las Vegas story about a professional poker player (Eric Bana) uses gambling to tell a tale of moral regeneration.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
May 4, 2007
A mixed-up romantic sports comedy of sorts set in the Vegas poker world.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Phil Kloer
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 4, 2007
Lucky You is like the old joke about the classified ad: 'LOST DOG. Three legs. Blind in one eye. Missing half his tail. Recently neutered. Answers to Lucky'.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
May 4, 2007
This movie has so little to it that you begin to understand why they packed it with so much poker: They had to put something on the screen. But even die-hard Hold'em fans will leave wishing for more.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
May 3, 2007
Curiously lifeless, Lucky You feels like poker without stakes; it goes through the motions with nothing to play for.
| Original Score: C
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 3, 2007
Even though the film features high-wire high rollers and culminates in a championship showdown, at its best it's refreshingly offhanded. It's a hit-and-miss movie that's worth seeing for the hits.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
May 3, 2007
A wise, lived-in three-hander with nothing much to claim for itself except a pair of pocket-ace performances and the kind of silver-tongued fast-talk that hasn't been much heard in these parts since Billy Wilder and Ben Hecht hung up their hats.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 3, 2007
Lucky You isn't Hanson's best movie but it's a respectable effort and deserves more of a chance to be seen than the one it's getting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 3, 2007
An impressive-looking but aimless bluffer, tossing down more angles than it's able to carry through. It doesn't go downhill as much as it staggers and wanders along a craggy slope.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
May 3, 2007
Lucky you, I've run out of topical analogies for now, except for this: A decent movie just wasn't in the cards.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 2, 2007
It's dull, dull, dull.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
May 2, 2007
After several delayed release dates, Warner Bros. finally lays down its cards with Lucky You, and it's a weak hand.