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The Lucky One


Genre :

Romance, Drama

Release Date :

April 20, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Scott Hicks

Starring :

Zac Efron, Taylor Schilling, Blythe Danner, Adam LeFevre, Sharon Morris, Joe Chrest, Riley Thomas Stewart, Courtney J. Clark, Jillian Batherson

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

“..you know going in what you're buying: beautiful young people finding true love against some odd or two, usually in the also beautiful Carolinas..”
by Joanna Langfield [The Movie Minute]
3 of 5

“..without much tension, the film becomes more of an extended music video of Logan and Beth's rocky road to love..”
by Betsy Sharkey [Los Angeles Times]
2 of 4

“..there's nothing wrong with a three-hankie romantic weeper, but The Lucky One doesn't even manage to elicit a token tear - except perhaps one of boredom..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]
2 of 4

“..the movie isn't without its small pleasures, but its adamance as a rule-abiding, sales-rack swooner leaves no room for notability..”
by R. Kurt Osenlund [Slant Magazine]
1.5 of 4

“..seeing her and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into a cake..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
“..onscreen chemistry between actors is a mysterious thing-100 years into cinema, it remains the one story element that Hollywood can't fake..”
by Chuck Wilson [Village Voice]
Review rate : C

“..of course, there's every chance that the target audience for The Lucky One will still cry a happy tear at the end..”
by Owen Gleiberman [Entertainment Weekly]
“..now a lack of proper communication over an entirely forgivable, completely inoffensive and passive, even endearing act constitutes dramatic tension?..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
2 of 5

“..it's nice, but for anyone who's too mature for Tiger Beat, it's not enough..”
by Barbara VanDenburgh [Arizona Republic]
1 of 4

“..doesn't have a genuine emotion in it or a plausible reason to endure it..”
by Peter Travers [Wall Street Journal]
3 of 4

“..another pat, paint-by-numbers masterpiece by Nicholas Sparks, the undisputed king of the syrupy soap opera..”
by Kam Williams [AALBC.com]
2.5 of 4

“..and speaking of tasks, for some folks, who prefer their love stories slathered in syrup, The Lucky One won't seem like a task at all..”
by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]

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“..fearsomely visceral and impeccably performed, it's a brisk, bracing update, even as it remains exquisitely in period..”
by Guy Lodge [Variety]


“..delightfully inventive, funny and touching and, surreptitiously, a great way of helping kids get a handle on all those inexplicable feelings..”
by David Sexton [This is London]


“..Villeneuve handles conventional action sequences terrifically well..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


“..from the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that's easily Van Sant's worst..”
by Oliver Lyttelton [The Playlist]


“..the movie can conjure up futuristic images, but the story is nothing we haven't seen before...”
by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


“..the spirits may have been willing with Poltergeist but the movie is weak..”
by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..more depravity, more terrible acting..”
by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


“..a black riff on a certain stripper movie smash..”
by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


“..the rest of it - the healer, the journalist, the falcons - is just a thick, tedious layer of frost on the window..”
by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]