Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. 83
    Lottery Ticket gets far on the strength of its star's charisma and a likeable tone.
  2. This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    The prevailing presence in this crowd-pleaser is Ice Cube, whose evolution from hip-hop threat to screen paterfamilias is now complete.
  4. Reviewed by: Patrick Friel
    No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun-particularly Mike Epps, who shines as a hammy Little Richard-style preacher.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Nashawaty
    If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.
  6. 65
    More helpful is Ice Cube's endearing performance as an aged sparring partner of Leon Spinks and Muhammad Ali who provides cover and advice for Kevin as he tries to hold onto both his wits and the ticket.
  7. Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
  8. The Lottery Ticket doesn't hit the comedy jackpot, but it doesn't roll snake eyes, either. In my book, that's a winner.
  9. In some ways the film is reminiscent of "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World" with the theme of greed and a gaggle of people all after a piece of the pot, but Lottery Ticket pays off on the laughs with a strong message about using sudden riches responsibly and the importance of giving back to the community.
  10. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    The theme of this formulaic but vibrant ensemble comedy could best be described as a paraphrase of Biggie's well-worn credo: Mo' money, mo' problems-but mo' money, yeah, definitely.
  11. Lottery Ticket is likable, and that goes a long way.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Lottery Ticket is no prize.
  13. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    There are some amusing looks at the elation - and panic - that come with winning big, from the praise-Jesus swooning of Kevin's grandma (underutilized Loretta Devine).
  14. Entertaining, if highly predictable, escapist ensemble comedy.
  15. It's hard to love and hard to hate.
  16. It's easy to see the potential in Lottery Ticket, which boasts an entertaining idea and a game cast. But you only win big if every number hits.
  17. Lottery Ticket is ultimately no "Friday," but that 15-year-old film's communal vibe is clearly the model Lottery Ticket is chasing.
  18. 50
    Whatever laughter Lottery Ticket earns is through familiarity with these exaggerated characters, and actors going the extra mile to make viewers believe they haven't seen this material before.
  19. There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close.
  20. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
  21. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Things really slow down during the movie's ill-advised forays into drama.
  22. No one on the creative side has his eyes on the characters, so they flounder in a sea of misguided energy.
  23. Even on its own limited terms, the jokes are sub–"Friday" sequel, and a last-act grab for "Boyz n the Hood" pathos is seriously reaching.
  24. 12
    Ice Cube's well-worn performance as a wise old geezer is the only bright spot in a movie that otherwise fumbles every opportunity to be funny, exciting or insightful.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 29, 2010
    There is a message in here somewhere but the audience just struggles to find it underneath all the cliche script and tiresome stereotypes. The idea that someone in the projects is going to win a ticket and not get killed for it is impeccable. Either way, Lottery Ticket does show that money won't make you happy if the people around you aren't. I guess that's the message. But with very little to go on, Lottery Ticket find itself in the middle of nowhere at the end of the film. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2012
    All the years we have this type of movies, a normal situation can be a disaster (Madea, Big Momma's, Think Like a Man, etc...) but this type of movies are funny, and Lottery Ticket have much funny elements, th cast is good, the story is normal, but with a funny development. This movie can not be perfect, but is funny. Full Review »
  3. Feb 2, 2011
    Sometimes the humor is a bit corny but overall this is yet another feelgood movie for the Sunday afternoon. Although, it's quite predictable but nice.