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Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

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  • Summary: The story of a group of overachieving Asian-American high school honor students in a conservative Los Angeles suburb who lead a double life of mischief and petty crimes that alleviate the pressures of perfection. (Paramount)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. 100
    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.
  2. Lin energizes the grungy palette with stylistic zing, a hopped-up pace and understated humor. His cast carves out vivid characters and the open-ended aftermath takes stock of the moral scarring without moralizing.
  3. Breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.
  4. Lin works with a rhythmic observational flair that outweighs the movie's flaws. It's a long way from Long Duk Dong.
  5. 67
    A film that merges cocaine, Ivy League, college applications, the Asian American experience, dark comedy and high school drama while maintaining a personal tone and likable lead characters is just too impressive to knock.
  6. 60
    Though it doesn't fully transcend its small budget (the lighting is dingy), the story feels rooted in something more solid than prefab posturing.
  7. 40
    Perhaps the worst thing that could be said about Better Luck Tomorrow is that, on a slow night, it's easy to imagine these delinquents wanting to rent a film just like it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 5 out of 24
  1. Apr 3, 2013
    The crazy jackrabbit character. Seen it. The smooth criminal operator. Seen it. Stealing stuff easily through an inside job. Seen it. The protagonist that wants out but can't get out. Seen it. Simply a movie that drags itself along by shooting cliche after cliche. Expand

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