'The Lucky One' Critic Reviews
If you're plugged into Sparks, you're in luck. Others are advised to bring a good book.
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.
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'.
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.
In the end, you can only whistle admiringly at the shameless way this film doles out its cliches and conventions...
The Scorecard Review
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.
What we have here, readers, is a middleweight Sparks movie fit to stand toe-to-toe with Nights in Rodanthe and The Last Song.
2UE That Movie Show
If you like movies that portray, cheesy, perfect romance between perfect and beautiful people, this is for you.
Antagony & Ecstasy
A series of montages set to treacly light rock, loosely united by meandering dialogue scenes.
Jackie K. Cooper
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.
Atlantic City Weekly
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.
Tampa Bay Times
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?
Film School Rejects
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.
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
ABC Radio Brisbane
More time needed to be spent exploring these characters as opposed to showing us picturesque landscapes to the backdrop of songs preaching about love and sunshine.
The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.
The most frustrating thing is that The Lucky One is the kind of movie in which the lead character has to be an idiot in order for the story to progress.
Actually sillier and more unbelievable than "The Vow," if such a thing is even conceivable
If those guys who make all those Scary Movie-style parodies ever tried to make fun of Nicholas Sparks books, you'd hardly be able to tell their mockeries from the originals.
The film is at least good-natured and occasionally charming, less flagrantly offensive than many recent tear-jerkers. Yes, I am damning with faint praise.
Reel Film Reviews
...the most disappointing Sparks adaptation since 2002's A Walk to Remember...
Jeffrey M. Anderson
If only the movies based on Nicholas Sparks' novels didn't take themselves so seriously. If only they had a sense of their soapiness, and embraced their naked emotional absurdity.
Wondering who, exactly, is The Lucky One? If, due to any combination of will, intuition or sheer ignorance, you circumvent this film then you, dear reader, are indeed the lucky one. And I am inordinately jealous...
Hardcore romance fans may enjoy parts of this. It's watchable, but overall, it's disappointing.