Lucy Reviews

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September 22, 2016
let it grab you by the noodle and zap you into its whacked-out vision of human existence. You'll feel much better for it, I promise.
August 29, 2014
[A] supremely silly and pleasurable action movie.
August 22, 2014
Besson is a keen pilferer of anything that's looked good in other people's movies.
August 21, 2014
Who remembers the last good Luc Besson movie? Time to reset that particular clock, as he's returned with a stormer.
August 21, 2014
Its sputtering eccentricity is at least preferable to the flat chauvinism of so many shoot-'em-ups - and it's certainly Besson's most enjoyable bad movie in ages.
August 19, 2014
Lucy is not about to win any prizes from Mensa ... but this isn't quite like any other blockbuster you'll see this year.
August 4, 2014
After a decade of uncertain performances in often thankless roles, Scarlett Johansson is interesting again. She seems to have found her niche in science fiction: Luc Besson's Lucy is the third film in a row - after Her and Under The Skin.
July 31, 2014
No one has ever accused French action director Luc Besson of thinking too hard, and this frantic exercise in pseudoscience and goofball metaphysics is best enjoyed by following his lead.
July 25, 2014
Part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat.
July 25, 2014
Besson has made very, very bad films in the past, but this is the first time he has presented one so idiotic that the only way to properly convey its flaws is to enumerate them.
July 25, 2014
Scarlett Johansson carries the film effortlessly, bridging Besson's narrative and logical ellipses by fully embracing his crowd-pleasing intentions and convincingly depicting Lucy's psychological transformation.
July 25, 2014
This movie worries that humanity is wasting its potential, which is a bizarre fear for a movie that has this many nonsensical shootouts. But that's what on Besson's mind: the Big Bang and bang-bang.
July 25, 2014
In the showiest sequence, Lucy's body starts exploding into bursts of confetti. Even then, Johannson holds everything together. She's the rare actress who brings conviction and clarity to flights of fancy.
July 25, 2014
I know we're supposed to think that Besson's daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored.
Top Critic
July 25, 2014
Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson's wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this.
July 25, 2014
The summer's best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie.
July 25, 2014
An outlandishly entertaining mixture of high silliness and high style.
July 25, 2014
It's a funny thing how smart and stupid often seem so similarly mechanical in movies, but thanks to Johansson's performance, we have a fizzy cocktail of a film that blends both ingredients.
July 25, 2014
You'd be hard pressed to identify one idea, scene or element in the picture that is not a cliche. But the total package feels fresh.
July 25, 2014
A sci-fi yarn that ponders the meaning of time and the importance of evolution while occasionally throwing in some shootouts.
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