'The Lucky One' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   2 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   143 reviews
  • Elliott Noble Sky Movies
    40
    If you're plugged into Sparks, you're in luck. Others are advised to bring a good book.
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Austin Chronicle
    40
    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
  • Phil Villarreal OK! Magazine
    75
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jason McKiernan Filmcritic.com
    50
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    50
    ...the most disappointing Sparks adaptation since 2002's A Walk to Remember...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    13
    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.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Kimberly Gadette Doddle
    25
    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...
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Todd Jorgenson Cinemalogue.com
    ... the latest big-screen Sparks adaptation to place aggressive tear-jerking as a priority over dramatic integrity.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Neil Rosen NY1-TV
    Hardcore romance fans may enjoy parts of this. It's watchable, but overall, it's disappointing.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • MaryAnn Johanson Flick Filosopher
    Never let it be said that Nicholas Sparks doesn't prefer easy fake greeting-card melodrama instead of something that looks more like complicated reality.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Daniel Eagan Film Journal International
    All the sentiment and staying power of a greeting card.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Marc Savlov Austin Chronicle
    40
    For all its soap-opera psychodrama, The Lucky One is pretty boilerplate stuff, with barely a smidgeon of surprise and a foregone conclusion.
    Full Review » 2 years ago