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Rotten: Even though Lucky You is sometimes dull and generally thin, there is something winning about the movie's genial lack of ambition.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Friday, May 4, 2007
Rotten: Lucky You undoes what Rounders did right.
- Adam Fendelman, HollywoodChicago.com, Monday, September 24, 2007
Fresh: Lucky You is hardly Mr. Hanson's strongest effort, but it does contain many of his saving graces: a warm regard for his characters, an unhurried pace for his narrative and a grown-up sense of morality.
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer, Wednesday, May 16, 2007
With such an amazing pedigree (acclaimed writer, director, stars), Lucky You should have had Lady Luck at its side just based on the cards that it was dealt. What results, however, is an antiseptic drama that checked but never anted up to (let alone raised) the stakes on the table. Worse among its gambits is the movies insistence on masquerading as a drama. Lucky You is a closet comedy and would have worked much better coming out and waxing its humorous sideespecially as evidenced by a spirited scene involving Horatio Sanz, a 5 mile run, and 18 holes of golf. In the R-rated drama Lucky You, a high-stakes card player (Bana) looks to win the World Series of Poker, the affections of a lovelorn singer (Barrymore), and his gambler father (Robert Duvall). Director Curtis Hanson had the luck of the draw with L.A. Confidential, arguably one of the 10 best films of the last 25 years. Truthfully, Confidential has more verve and panache in its blooper reel than Lucky You does in its entire running time. Though Bana exhibited some of the best dramatic chops of 2005 with Munich, he is not given enough to work with from his supporting players (Barrymore, Duvall) or a lackluster script. Having Forrest Gump and The Good Shepherd to his resume, so much more was expected of screenwriter Eric Roth, who gives audiences a story that plays off a mans obvious degeneracy as a cutesy aw-shucks character trait, quickly spiraling what should have been comedy into horror. Bottom line: Leaves the audience busted.
- jeffboam, Wednesday, August 11, 2010