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The Lucky One Reviews

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Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
June 2, 2013
How bad is this Zac attack? Well, let's just say I'm convinced director Scott Hicks opted to render his buff-and-scruffy star the strong, silent type just to keep Efron from opening his mouth.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Kristal Cooper
We Got This Covered
September 15, 2012
A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Christine N. Ziemba
Paste Magazine
May 11, 2012
Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.1/10
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
Mark Clark
What Culture
October 4, 2012
Even within the company of recent Sparks releases like this year's 'The Vow', 'The Lucky One' comes across as a two-dimensional cartoon masquerading as heartfelt human interaction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Top Critic
Tal Rosenberg
Chicago Reader
April 20, 2012
As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.
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
May 3, 2012
Zac Efron is Tom Cruise-lite. Beyond the blue eyes and man-scaped stubble, you are left with an actor who simply pauses on screen when he is not speaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Top Critic
Barbara VanDenburgh
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
In "The Lucky One," an occasionally shirtless Zac Efron lifts heavy things, plays the piano, reads "Moby Dick," bonds with a small child and fixes a tractor. Puppies lick his face.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Patches
Hollywood.com
April 20, 2012
Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks team up to complete a paint-by-numbers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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-
Ann Lewinson
Kansas City Star
April 19, 2012
A drama with little conflict aside from an easily swept-aside threat for sole custody and little energy expended by the participants.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2012
At this point, Sparksian romances unfold via their own preordained formula, and measures of their merits largely hinge on how well each can bend the cookie-cutter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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
Shaun Munro
What Culture
May 4, 2012
It is dispiriting to see Efron fall prey to the most dangerous rival of artistic expression facing young actors today: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
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
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
April 20, 2012
More time needed to be spent exploring these characters as opposed to showing us picturesque landscapes to the backdrop of songs preaching about love and sunshine.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
James Croot
Flicks.co.nz
April 19, 2012
The lucky ones will be those who give this a wide berth.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
April 18, 2012
Logan and Beth's relationship feels dull and perfunctory, and Efron's attempts at playing post-traumatic stress disorder are laughable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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