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Based on 32 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you. show more

  • 100
    C.W. Nevius San Francisco Chronicle

    In some ways, this is "The Graduate" gone to "Lord of the Flies." show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Well-crafted, Tarantino-esque story. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    "Rebel Without a Cause" with a debate club, Better Luck Tomorrow is a sharp, smart slice of suburban angst among the high school overachiever set. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The crime isn't that the movie's message is amoral, but that it goes totally unexamined, as if the recess bell rang too early. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Not just a thriller, not just a social commentary, not just a comedy or a romance, but all of those in a clearly seen, brilliantly made film. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Typically, movies aimed at teenage audiences have little concern for things like intelligent scripts, credible characters, and meaningful dialogue. Better Luck Tomorrow contains all three, making it a hugely rewarding experience. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    What helps Lin's feature-directing debut is his insight into the dark side of living up to "model minority" stereotypes in a materialistic culture. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The same premise could have been turned into a satirical comedy, but Better Luck Tomorrow opts for a more corrosive, challenging route, one whose troubling, morally ambiguous ending offers no easy resolution. show more

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