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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. Oct 6, 2012
    I really do not understand, why this movie got so much bad critics. This movie is just wonderful. Bruce Willis and Josh Harnett aren't the best actors on the planet, but they are doing their job in this movie very good. Sir Ben Kingsley and Morgan Freeman are always good, so there is no need to talk about them! But not only the actors are good, I find the story just brilliant. It is suspenseful, you never really know who is who, and all this is mixed up with some jokes. It's just great! I've seen this movie numerous times now, and I always wish to see it again for the first time! This most definitely is one of my favourite Films! It really is to be recommended for everyone. Great movie! Expand
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    Lucky Number Slevin has great dialogue, action and a clever plot. The movie uses ideas and styles from many other crime thrillers but the movie doesn't feel like a retread. The movie was ingeniously made and the twist is very rewarding for the audience. Expand
  4. Aug 24, 2010
    Man gets caught up with gangsters in a case of mistaken identity & has to pay off his friends gambling debts. Twists & turns galore.
    slick indeed & certainly slightly Guy Ritchie-esque in parts but without the Cockney Geezas.
    Very good cast & very enjoyable to watch.
  5. Nov 22, 2013
    A very almost dark comedy that keeps its cards hidden while being thoroughly entertaining and an ending payoff that truly makes you re evaluate every character. topped off with an amazing visual aesthetic that's quirky enough to avoid Tarentino comparisons Expand
  6. Oct 14, 2013
    Wow!!! What a movie. Actors dialogs and story are great. And also a great twist not one of the cheap twists like in other movies, this one here is nice thats how twist meant to be in my opinion. I wonder why the metascore is so low from the magazines.. I dont really understand and i also dont know why this movie was not in the cinema. Its not perfect but a 9/10! Expand
  7. Jun 5, 2011
    Funny and well constructed dialogs. This film seems to be a comedy at the beginning - and honestly, a comedy it should have been. The revelations at the end are a little bit confusing, otherwise a good film. Expand

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