Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. A minor comedy, though a major delight.
  2. Apart from the deja vu all over again, Lucky Break is no worse a film than "Breaking Out," and "Breaking Out" was utterly charming.
  3. 75
    There is not much here that comes as a blinding plot revelation, but the movie has a raffish charm and good-hearted characters, and like "The Full Monty" it makes good use of the desperation beneath the comedy.
  4. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    Overall, it's good, not great.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Sartin
    Cattaneo proceeds gamely, though without much spark, through this familiar fare, but at least Nesbitt, with his sly, oddball charm, is fun to watch.
  7. Isn't quite funny enough to make it as a comedy, or touching enough to make it as a romance. It's a pleasant effort that doesn't hit any of its targets.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Mike Leigh mainstay Timothy Spall deftly shades in the designated goner, fellow "Still Crazy" alum Bill Nighy is sweetly wispy as the capable fop, and anger-management counselor Olivia Williams trembles pleasantly as usual.
  9. Lightly reflective and consistently entertaining, Lucky Break is an easy-to-take diversion.
  10. 50
    The movie moves predictably to its feel-good finale.
  11. Without the surprise, realism, audacity and upstart cheekiness -- pun intended -- that made "The Full Monty's" blue-collar strippers so irresistible.
  12. 50
    Pleasant and has not a few laughs.
  13. Pleasing but routine British comedy.
  14. 50
    The movie moves predictably to its formulaic finale, which -- unwittingly perhaps -- reprises Plummer's own sugary classic, ''The Sound of Music.''
  15. 50
    The big musical setpiece, rife with possibilities for humor and uplift, needed to be funnier and more energetic than the half-hearted lyrics and choreography bother to muster.
  16. 50
    This is mostly well-constructed fluff, which is all it seems intended to be.
  17. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Neither the appealing cast nor the bouncing, ska-inflected soundtrack can keep the party going.
  18. 40
    The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.
  19. Every porridgy inmate in this instantly forgettable romp warbles in the prison's amateur musical, and one of them demonstrates a rather extreme devotion to the tomatoes he grows in the on-site greenhouse.
  20. 30
    Perfectly inoffensive and harmless, but it's also drab and inert.
  21. 30
    Mr. Cattaneo restricts himself to the smiling blandness that has become the stock in trade of British comedies made for export, turning in a film that is forced, familiar and thoroughly condescending.
  22. Reviewed by: Derek Elley
    Chained to the floor by a script that isn't particularly funny, direction that goes for realism rather than stylization and an almost complete lack of comic timing.

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