'Lottery Ticket' Critic Reviews

49%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
35%
Rotten Tomatoes:   80 reviews
  • Chris Nashawaty Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andy Webster New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    The comedy is broad, bordering on offensive, the laughs are few, and the positive message feels tacked on.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    38
    A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Russo Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Dan Kois Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's comforting, really, to see the movie's soft-pedaling of actual ghetto problems; realism isn't Lottery Ticket's game.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    50
    Though the movie looks good and rarely lags on energy, the careless script is filled with tired stereotypes and easy cliches.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    ...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliche-fest.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    You know what? This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny, and only some misjudged violence in the last lap keeps it from being better than good.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Patrick Friel Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    50
    Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    40
    There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Anderson Variety (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Barker Variety (Top Critic)
    The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    13
    There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jason Anderson Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Jennie Punter Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kirk Honeycutt Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A disappointing, trite comedy overrun with African-American stereotypes.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Hanlon Big Hollywood
    0
    A tasteless and obnoxious "comedy," "Lottery Ticket" is easily one of the year's worst films.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    67
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald
    63
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Mike McGranaghan Aisle Seat
    63
    The cast is terrific and the basic premise is pleasing, but a wavering tone robs Lottery Ticket of some of its power.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John J. Puccio DVDTown.com
    60
    ...shallow, cliched, sentimental, and derivative; but the cast makes up for the plot's deficiencies with an amiable charm that's hard to resist.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John J. Puccio Movie Metropolis
    60
    ...shallow, cliched, sentimental, and derivative; but the cast makes up for the plot's deficiencies with an amiable charm that's hard to resist.
    Full Review » 4 years ago