The Lucky One Reviews

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May 4, 2012
After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite.
May 3, 2012
A tsunami of syrup and a Niagara of nonsense here in this mind-blowingly ridiculous romdram...
May 3, 2012
[Efron] sells it almost single-handedly through sheer force of scrumminess.
May 2, 2012
Romance isn't dead, but films like this are giving it a bad name.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
April 20, 2012
I won't elaborate on the plot points. I'll just say that I could have done without the melodramatic elements that punctuate the film and underscore its climax.
April 20, 2012
Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes.
April 20, 2012
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.
April 20, 2012
[Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.
April 20, 2012
The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.
April 20, 2012
I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.
April 20, 2012
A sudsy romantic melodrama that in the 1950s would have been directed with lurid overkill by the likes of Douglas Sirk.
April 20, 2012
Another Nicholas Sparks novel, another cinematic brush with insulin shock.
April 20, 2012
For all its soap-opera psychodrama, The Lucky One is pretty boilerplate stuff, with barely a smidgeon of surprise and a foregone conclusion.
April 20, 2012
A lazy (in all ways) Nicholas Sparks romance that's as pretty and vacant as its hero.
April 20, 2012
Logan's opening voice-over describes how fate can throw one's life off-course, but nothing about the film that follows strays from Sparks' well-established tear-jerking formula...
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