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Based on 25 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    As the film meanders, the powerful moments barely outnumber the ridiculous. And another excellent performance from McAdams isn't quite good enough to mask the distractions. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Though the lead performances are uniformly good, the film seems hazy in its focus from the start. Many of the scenes seem to simply meander. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    This is more than the story of soldiers grappling with stress and doubt as they reenter the "normal" flow of domestic life. It's about strangers bonding, about friendship and discovery, about the comedy and tragedy of the human experience. show more

  • 50
    The Hollywood Reporter

    This moderately engaging, offbeat film requires a patience that audiences haven't demonstrated recently for stories concerning the fate of soldiers at home or abroad. show more

  • 55
    Bob Mondello NPR

    There's something centrally pat and predictable about the coincidence-laden story, and by the time they get to Vegas, The Lucky Ones has been all but done in by a surfeit of serendipity. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This formula is fraught with pitfalls, but the characters and the actors redeem it with a surprising emotional impact. show more

  • 75
    Michael Sragow Baltimore Sun

    This movie has its own emotional sorcery. In a raw, humorous way, it grasps how hope and desperation spur magical thinking and, sometimes, real magic. show more

  • 63
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    An entertaining road movie with a topical point: The three passengers on this cross-country trip are U.S. soldiers who've just returned from Iraq. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    As close as a movie about three Iraq war soldiers should come to mediocre TV comedy. show more

  • 63
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    The weakest aspect of The Lucky Ones is by far the conclusion, which is flat and contrived. show more

  • October 20, 2009 milescope
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    Man Oh Man, No Car chases, Gun fights, Rape, Murder, Theft or Bad language, Drug or Alcoholic melt downs. Come On!!!! With today’s arrogant critics, audiences who demand things that explode and or burst into balls of blood filled fire and special effects every five seconds will surely find this film limp and uninteresting. For me it was just a chance visit with three soulful and realistic threadbare veterans. Anyone who has never had thirty days military leave or been mustered out of the armed services will not have a clew as to what this film brings to view. It is for me a rare and almost impossible task to find a movie with characters that don't leave me with the feeling of gum stuck to the bottom of my shoe. No body got political and passed judgment on being involved in the war. No hate among the three principal characters that all end up being people I cared about. The writer & director made this story though slow to some, very real life to me. Sad that it takes Sundance Film audiences to appreciate a movie like this but it will surely be lost on those who a responsible for sending movies like this direct to video. Much Thanks Miles Cop

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