Lucy Reviews

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September 26, 2016
It's a film that takes great delight in her essentially co-opting a long series of tropes and storylines typically reserved for men in stories of this type, which is an old trope in the feminist action movie wheelhouse.
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.
June 18, 2016
Say what you will about 'Lucy,' which is an absurdly silly and sometimes aggressively stupid movie, but it's at least interested in showing us something new.
August 29, 2014
[A] supremely silly and pleasurable action movie.
August 22, 2014
It would be overstating it to suggest that Besson is enjoying a major creative renaissance but Lucy is the best film he has made in a very long time.
August 22, 2014
Lucy is a stupendously effective exercise in high-end misdirection.
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 18, 2014
What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle - not that you ever stop adoring Johansson's magnificent heroine.
August 12, 2014
Here, at last, is a film based on the Kantian model of transcendental idealism.
August 4, 2014
Johansson, a good actress, succeeds in making this nonsense more believable than it otherwise might be.
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.
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