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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)
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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. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    Lin's nicely turned out picture is sometimes both predictable and a bit far-fetched narratively, but still provides a generally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.
  4. 75
    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.
  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
    Follows a consistently predictable arc. In some sequences, you can tell not just what's going to happen next, but what shot is coming next. And the movie's weird mixture of moralism and affectlessness cancel each other out.
  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. DasP
    Jun 27, 2009
    10
    A great, accurate movie. the scary part is that I know that myself and my fellow Asians feel Ben's anger and frustration quite often, A great, accurate movie. the scary part is that I know that myself and my fellow Asians feel Ben's anger and frustration quite often, and sometimes all the time. Expand
  2. Apr 3, 2013
    0
    The crazy jackrabbit character. Seen it. The smooth criminal operator. Seen it. Stealing stuff easily through an inside job. Seen it. TheThe 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. Collapse

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