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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)
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
    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. 58
    It's all superficially enjoyable, right up to the point where the big picture starts coming into focus and it's not worth looking anymore.
  5. 50
    A smug, deliberately convoluted mix tape of Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Guy Ritchie and Hitchcock with (mostly) a cast to die for, Lucky Number Slevin is great fun for, say, 20 minutes.
  6. 50
    With its wiry twists and turns, ends up buckling under the weight of its own cleverness.
  7. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    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: 62 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. Nov 1, 2012
    In 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
  2. CharmaineH.
    Oct 5, 2006
    I thought this movie was very well done and I thoroughly enjoyed the twisted plot. I positively detest Tarantino films and yet adored this one due its slight influence. Expand
  3. SamanthaB.
    Apr 7, 2006
    Lucky Number Slevin was a lot of fun, and a great movie.
  4. Shawn
    Apr 7, 2006
    Really neat movie with a great twist. I was not disappointed.
  5. EricL.
    Sep 18, 2006
    Great movie kept me wondering till the end. Unlike most movies you can figure them out in the first 30 minutes.
  6. Rob
    Apr 9, 2006
    Pretty good and interesting movie. I agree with someone that said above, don't read the critic reviews. If you want a movie with a twist and some humor, then this movie wont disappoint you. Expand
  7. KyleA.
    Apr 7, 2006
    Should be shown in screenwriting classes: How NOT to write a movie.

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