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  • Summary: Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he's holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million.
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. Reviewed by: Patrick Friel
    70
    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.
  3. Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    50
    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).
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

See all 24 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Feb 2, 2011
    8
    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.
  2. Apr 16, 2012
    7
    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. Expand
  3. Aug 21, 2010
    6
    Lottery Ticket may have been perceived as your typical Black comedy film, but unfortunately this is false. This film is actually a solid comedy, which has doses of ethnic humor, but overall is a comedy that all audiences would enjoy. It's a slapstick comedy if you will, and there are unpredictable moments within this film that would make you laugh out aloud. I'd recommend it if you're looking for a slapstick comedy, but already seen the Other Guys. Collapse
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Kevin(Bow Wow) is a nice guy who has the misfortune of being born in the hood, where nice guys finish last, since nice guys don't join gangs and traffic in drugs. The gangbanger gets the hot girl; the nice guy gets the hot girl's dog poop. The hot girl never gives Kevin a chance; he's a working stiff, a Foot Locker employee living the unglamorous life of an honest day's work. When the gangbanger arrives in his pimp-mobile, he tells Kevin, "You can't get no girl in a Foot Locker shirt." Word. Sitting in the passenger seat, the hot girl smirks at Kevin's nerve for approaching her, before they leave him by the curbside in a wake of car exhaust like a sucker. The hood is no place for a nice guy with a blue collar work ethic. In theory, the hot girl will grow up to be just like one of those women in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" who pay homage, patronizingly, with faux remorse, to the bus driver, the garbageman, the man behind the deli counter; the "good men" who they would never give the time of day to. Although "Lottery Ticket" means well, the film delivers a mixed message about the virtues of being honest. Kevin's co-worker, an older black man who plays the fool, a laughingstock, because he cares so much about his proletarian job, is portrayed as the guy you don't want to be. It's better to be a crime boss(David Keith) than the assistant manager at a Foot Locker. For many young black men, basketball is their lottery ticket that gets them out of the ghetto, but here, the lottery ticket is the lottery ticket, since Kevin doesn't have hoop dreams, he has shoe dreams. While there is talk about design school for Kevin, it's perfunctory talk. In a sense, the lottery ticket is a metaphor for sports, because Kevin isn't using his brains to escape the inner-city. The odds of picking the right lottery numbers is about the same as being a lottery pick in the NBA draft. "Lottery Ticket" says no to education, no to a nine-to-five job, but yes to a pipe dream. Expand
  5. Dec 12, 2010
    4
    So easy to predict this whole movie. Good family movie. This movie should be PG.This movie wasn't funny. I cant re call a time that i laugh doing this movie. I didn't really expect this movie to be good anyways. Bow wow havnt made a really good movie yet. This is a good movie for my grandma to watch maybe she would like it better. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2010
    1
    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. Expand

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