'The Lucky One' Critic Reviews

68%
MovieWeb:   2 reviews
20%
Rotten Tomatoes:   143 reviews
  • Alison Jones Birmingham Post
    40
    This is romance by numbers and though not execrable, it's a movie for a wet Friday afternoon on the telly.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Emma Dibdin Total Film
    60
    A through-and-through weepie that's unlikely to convert any Sparks naysayers. The darker hues of its war-based story nonetheless make the sugary excesses easier to swallow.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Anna Smith Time Out
    40
    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'.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeff Bayer The Scorecard Review
    20
    Efron's kind of handsome is more pretty than rugged. Don't worry. The geniuses behind 'The Lucky One' know how to solve that problem. He's got scruff.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Helen OHara Empire Magazine
    40
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Siobhan Synnot Scotsman
    40
    In the end, you can only whistle admiringly at the shameless way this film doles out its cliches and conventions...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Tara Brady Irish Times
    60
    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 » 2 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    40
    A series of montages set to treacly light rock, loosely united by meandering dialogue scenes.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jackie K. Cooper jackiekcooper.com
    60
    Zac Efron is stuck in no man's land between boy and man. This movie needed a strong male lead and he didn't deliver - not that his hordes of fans will care.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Blake Howard 2UE That Movie Show
    40
    If you like movies that portray, cheesy, perfect romance between perfect and beautiful people, this is for you.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Lori Hoffman Atlantic City Weekly
    50
    You can sense that the more than competent director, Scott Hicks (the Oscar winning Shine), was trying to cut through the schmaltz and give it a little edge.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Steve Persall Tampa Bay Times
    17
    Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice. The movie isn't even in 3-D. How else do you expect real men to see two mushy hearts beating as one?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kate Erbland Film School Rejects
    9
    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 » 2 years ago
  • Nell Minow Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
    67
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Austin Chronicle
    40
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jim Judy Screen It!
    Melodramatic comfort food for the Lifetime Channel crowd (Full Content Movie Review for Parents also available)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Rebecca Murray About.com
    34
    With zero chemistry and laden with cliches, The Lucky One won't leave audiences feeling lucky to have spent two hours of their lives taking in a screening.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider EricDSnider.com
    25
    Exactly the kind of sappy hogwash that Efron's detractors think is the only thing he's capable of doing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Matt Patches Hollywood.com
    40
    Zac Efron and Nicholas Sparks team up to complete a paint-by-numbers.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com
    17
    [VIDEO] Compared to a great author like John Irving, Nicholas Sparks is an example of everything wrong in contemporary American literature.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Laura Clifford Reeling Reviews
    42
    ...no amount of technical gloss can extract the sap nor divert from the utter predictability of a Sparks' story.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • S. Jhoanna Robledo Common Sense Media
    40
    Sweet but formulaic love story OK for teen romantics.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle
    25
    A lazy (in all ways) Nicholas Sparks romance that's as pretty and vacant as its hero.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeanne Kaplan Kaplan vs. Kaplan
    Efron is effortless as the wounded soul, Logan. He's almost a little too perfect. I mean really --- who is that good looking, patient, understanding and plays the piano?
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Bruce Kirkland Jam! Movies
    60
    Efron is surprisingly up to the task of conveying this humanity. His performance is powerful and contained. He is often silent and yet he still communicates.
    Full Review » 2 years ago