Lucy Reviews

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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.
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.
July 25, 2014
"Lucy" may be scientific hogwash, but it does raise all sorts of questions you rarely find in a shoot-out flick.
July 25, 2014
For Besson devotees who sat stoically through "The Lady" (or patiently during that endless "Arthur and the Invisibles" series) "Lucy" is a trippy return to form - to mind-twisting stories, to rocket-propelled camerawork, to eyes-wide-open dreams.
July 25, 2014
A dynamic melange of conflicting genres balanced on a high wire of pure irony.
July 24, 2014
I think Luc Besson only used 10% of his brain in writing this.
July 24, 2014
No one onscreen has the answers to the lofty questions Besson poses and, despite all the dizzying and splendid imagery of the film's closing frames, it's patently clear that neither does he.
July 24, 2014
Feigns depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun
July 24, 2014
Does it make sense? Not at all. Is it boring? Not that either.
July 24, 2014
This goofily enjoyable but ultimately forgettable techno-thriller plays like a cross between Transcendence and La Femme Nikita with a bit of Hong Kong-style action and low-rent 2001-era Stanley Kubrick thrown in for good measure.
July 24, 2014
At first, it's dazzling. Besson forgets, however, that he's promised us pulp entertainment and instead delivers a serious treatise on next-step metaphysics.
July 24, 2014
You can scoff at Besson's philosophies and hypotheses, but to do that would miss what's in front of you. "Lucy" is an impeccably realized vision of Besson's view of things.
July 24, 2014
The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity.
July 24, 2014
Wait, wasn't Bradley Cooper here in 2011's "Limitless"? Yes, but "Lucy" takes the concept into eerier and more visually baroque territory than that much-underappreciated genre film.
July 24, 2014
"Lucy" is insane, makes very little sense, doesn't stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast.
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