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  • Summary: Lucky Number Slevin is a thriller that twists and turns its way through an underworld of crime and revenge. Set in New York City, a case of mistaken identity lands Slevin (Hartnett) into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city's most rival crime bosses. (The Weinstein Company)
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.
  2. 75
    Smilovic's rapid-fire, Tarantino-esque dialogue is consistently razor-sharp, and the elaborate set design - which leans heavily towards shiny, riotously patterned wallpaper - is an eyeball-jangling blast.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    The story never runs completely off the rails and is, in any event, just a pretext for a lot of very sharp badinage by Jason Smilovic--a screenwriter who would have been at home writing for Cary Grant--for yards of terrific movie acting and for some well-timed direction by Paul McGuigan.
  4. Features lots of cool dialogue but doesn't provide much of a movie in which to showcase it.
  5. Danny Aiello and Robert Forster also turn up in tiny roles that further serve to distract attention from the real business at hand.
  6. 50
    Comes packed with so many plot twists and reversals, there's barely any room left over for a story: The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    25
    Weinstein Co. honchos Bob and Harvey are chasing some of the old "Pulp Fiction" magic--and failing not only miserably, but kind of disgustingly.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 60 out of 72
  2. Negative: 7 out of 72
  1. Missy
    May 23, 2006
    10
    Loved It! this movie was so amazing and kept me on my toes. very clever. I had no idea.
  2. Sep 26, 2014
    10
    This is one of my favorite movies. The dialogue is snappy and clever. The story is intelligent and presented in such a fashion as to keep theThis is one of my favorite movies. The dialogue is snappy and clever. The story is intelligent and presented in such a fashion as to keep the viewer guessing up to the final reveal. The characters, despite having star actors playing them, are memorable. Quite frankly, I'm surprised that the critics hated it so much, rating it just a couple points higher than sequels to successful sequels made purely to be cash cows (Pirates of the Caribbean sequels anyone?) Compared to the cash cows that receive these low scores (and deservedly so), Lucky # Slevin is funny, well thought out, well paced, and interlaced with enough memorable characters to warrant seeing several times.

    I should add now that I have no interest in movie stars and never see films just because so and so actor is in it. Often, the movies are made simply to cash in on the presence of that actor and little thought is given to much else. This is not one of those movies.
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  3. Nov 1, 2012
    10
    In comparison with e.g. the new Skyfall-Bond, a ultra-high-budget-production with ultra-high-expectations, this genius thriller is head andIn comparison with e.g. the new Skyfall-Bond, a ultra-high-budget-production with ultra-high-expectations, this genius thriller is head and shoulders better both concerning story and cast. The outline is brilliant, the actors, including Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman and Sir Ben Kingsley as well as Josh Hartnett and Bruce Willis, are at their personal best and even an accurate portion of humour was not missed by the fantastic screenwriters and at last Paul McGuigan, the divine director of this great masterpiece of modern cinema. Expand
  4. DavidC.
    Apr 26, 2006
    9
    The critics don't like it because they can't grab some popcorn, snooze, wake up, and get the message. It's a very complicated The critics don't like it because they can't grab some popcorn, snooze, wake up, and get the message. It's a very complicated mess that you might in fact need to see twice to get. In the world of true films (films that are truly worth watching), you never only see a movie once. (Think Fellini.) This film is loaded with extratextual, intratextual, and intertextual references that make it deep and intelligent. I almost never rate a film above an 8 because I want to leave room for better films. So, a 9 it is. Expand
  5. MarcD.
    Apr 14, 2006
    8
    Yes, the critics indeed missed the boat on this one. Oustanding movie, for what it was - and that's a sleeper. I don't want to Yes, the critics indeed missed the boat on this one. Oustanding movie, for what it was - and that's a sleeper. I don't want to spoil anything, so just do yourself a favor and see it. Expand
  6. JessicaC
    Apr 7, 2006
    8
    Okay, it's not an Oscar contender but witty dialogue and an appealing cast make this movie a great choice for an entertaining evening.
  7. KyleA.
    Apr 7, 2006
    0
    Should be shown in screenwriting classes: How NOT to write a movie.

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