The Lucky One (2012)



Critic Consensus: While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, The Lucky One ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy clichés to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula.

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U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm. -- (C) Warner Bros
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Zac Efron
as Logan
Jay R. Ferguson
as Keith Clayton
Adam LeFevre
as Judge Clayton
Joe Chrest
as Deputy Moore
Russ Comegys
as Roger Lyle
Ann McKenzie
as Charlotte Clayton
Robert Hayes
as Victor
Dr. Sharon Morris May
as Principal Miller
Trey Burvant
as Logan's Brother-in-Law
Cameron Banfield
as Younger Marine
Ritchie Montgomery
as Cottage Owner
Courtney J. Clark
as Logan's Sister
Gavin Reyna
as Logan's Nephew
Matthew Michaud
as Logan's Nephew
Ned Yousef
as Iraqi Translator
Naim Alherimi
as Cursing Old Man
Donna Heckel-Reno
as Dog Owner
Hunter Reno
as Dog Owner's Son
Calvin Quatroy
as Hamden Fisherman
Marcie Antony Courtney
as Choir Member
Michael A. Cowan
as Choir Member
Deborah Denise Graves
as Choir Member
Gary Harris
as Choir Member
Melba Marie Harris
as Choir Member
Tina Marie Lumas
as Choir Member
Gregory J. Probst
as Choir Member
Valerie Diane Vaughan
as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for The Lucky One

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (34)

Even taken as simple schmaltz, 'The Lucky One' lacks the romantic impact of the adaptation of Sparks's 'The Notebook' or even the Channing Tatum-starrer 'Dear John'.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Top Critic

There's not much to the movie besides handsome sets, sun-dappled photography and a plot as predictable as the verse in a Hallmark card.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

[Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
New York Daily News
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The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.

Full Review… | April 19, 2012
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Audience Reviews for The Lucky One

Hey! once again Zac Efron proves himself he can act! Not like his ex-girlfriend who's kinda struggle having career in Hollywood, Zac proves himself with some middle quality but deep drama and now he start in comedy movie too.. Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, of course this will be a perfect movie for the woman audience and I can't see a lot of reason why woman wouldn't like this movie.. But as a general audience, I think the story could have made a little better.. They could have a better script since the cast did a really good job here.. And for chemistry, Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling gave a quite chemistry even wasn't as memorable as Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' or Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' so there's still a room for improvement.. But overall as a movie, 'The Lucky One' delivers a descent watch for general audience but might be one of a chick's favorite movie..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

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Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Zac plays a marine who was saved when he found a photo of a woman. After his tour of Iraq he goes back to the US to find her to thank her for being his guardian angel. But he ends up saving her. Zac is hot. Taylor wasn't the best leading lady. I could see Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the leads.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A nice, heartfelt story of love and redemption. Emotional, but not overly sappy. Really nice cast. Zac Efron is becoming quite a good actor, and is definitely easy on the eyes. Blythe Danner is outstanding, as usual...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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