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The Lucky One Reviews

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
May 3, 2012
[Efron] sells it almost single-handedly through sheer force of scrumminess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alison Jones
Birmingham Post
May 2, 2012
This is romance by numbers and though not execrable, it's a movie for a wet Friday afternoon on the telly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

May 2, 2012
Mindless, pretty twaddle just made bearable by an enthusiastic cast (Efron in particular is strangely sympathetic) and an absolutely gorgeous setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
May 2, 2012
An averagely entertaining and heavily clichéd romantic drama that stays the right side of watchable thanks to strong performances from Efron, Schilling and a scene-stealing Blythe Danner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jessica Lambert
Little White Lies
May 2, 2012
Romance isn't dead, but films like this are giving it a bad name.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
May 2, 2012
If you're plugged into Sparks, you're in luck. Others are advised to bring a good book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
May 1, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Emma Dibdin
Total Film
May 1, 2012
A through-and-through weepie that's unlikely to convert any Sparks naysayers. The darker hues of its war-based story nonetheless make the sugary excesses easier to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Siobhan Synnot
April 29, 2012
In the end, you can only whistle admiringly at the shameless way this film doles out its clichés and conventions...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
April 29, 2012
The Notebook may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
April 29, 2012
Efron's kind of handsome is more pretty than rugged. Don't worry. The geniuses behind 'The Lucky One' know how to solve that problem. He's got scruff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Tara Brady
Irish Times
April 27, 2012
What we have here, readers, is a middleweight Sparks movie fit to stand toe-to-toe with Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 26, 2012
A series of montages set to treacly light rock, loosely united by meandering dialogue scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
April 26, 2012
If you like movies that portray, cheesy, perfect romance between perfect and beautiful people, this is for you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
April 26, 2012
Zac Efron is stuck in no man's land between boy and man. This movie needed a strong male lead and he didn't deliver - not that his hordes of fans will care.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 25, 2012
You can sense that the more than competent director, Scott Hicks (the Oscar winning Shine), was trying to cut through the schmaltz and give it a little edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
April 23, 2012
Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice. The movie isn't even in 3-D. How else do you expect real men to see two mushy hearts beating as one?
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
April 21, 2012
The Lucky One is so dismal, so off-kilter, so nonsensical that even the ever-ready charms of Zac Efron cannot redeem it in the slightest.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 20, 2012
...the most disappointing Sparks adaptation since 2002's A Walk to Remember...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
April 20, 2012
Exactly the kind of sappy hogwash that Efron's detractors think is the only thing he's capable of doing.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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