Mixed or average reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic 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
    Some of what occurs in Lucky Number Slevin is done with a wink and a nod, although McGuinan (á là Tarantino) doesn't skimp on the gore.
  3. The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.
  4. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    This pop-culture-infused mistaken-identity thriller ultimately grabs hold and beguiles, though its convoluted plot takes a while to get going.
  5. 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.
  6. Lucky Number Slevin would be too clever for its own good if it weren't so ... darn clever. This violent flick is not in the same league as "The Sting," which has my vote for the cleverest winding road toward a happy ending in screenwriting history, but it contains nearly as deft a con job as that 1973 film.
  7. Reviewed by: Neva Chonin
    For the most part, though, it works as a clever thriller that entertains through purposeful misdirection.
  8. The film is stylish as hell with sharp dialogue, a tongue-in-cheek plot and visual and editing razzle-dazzle.
  9. 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.
  10. A thriller that holds less interest - and less water - the more it reveals about what's actually going on.
  11. 67
    They almost got it really right with Lucky Number Slevin, but they also almost got it horribly wrong.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    The most original thing about Lucky Number Slevin is that it lets Lucy Liu play a screwball heroine.
  13. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Thoroughly -- and sometimes justifiably -- infatuated with its own cleverness, this mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness.
  14. Reviewed by: Jeremy Mathews
    Unfortunately, director Paul McGuigan tries to make it all serious at the end, and this isn't the kind of story that should be taken seriously.
  15. From its sly, amused performances to its surreal comic book gloss to its artfully nervous camerawork, Lucky Number Slevin sustains the blasé tone and look of a smart-aleck thriller that buries its heart under layers of attitude.
  16. 60
    With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable.
  17. 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.
  18. It's the soulless quality of so many films that value devious plots, smug deception and quirky personality traits over actual story and character.
  19. Features lots of cool dialogue but doesn't provide much of a movie in which to showcase it.
  20. 50
    If "Pulp Fiction" impregnated "The Usual Suspects," the spawn would look a lot like Lucky Number Slevin. Great genes, but you keep wondering when the kid is going to grow up and find an identity of his own.
  21. 50
    Lucky Number Slevin is a bag of nerves. Everything here is too much. The older the actors, the saltier the ham of their performances.
  22. Cursed--but ironically!--with stomach-churning '60s decor, Slevin might round off in Park Chanwook country, but the lingering sense of it is as an amusement park for the actors, who are as infectiously overjoyed for the bouncy badinage as preschoolers on Christmas morning. Like tired parents, our enjoyment is primarily vicarious.
  23. Danny Aiello and Robert Forster also turn up in tiny roles that further serve to distract attention from the real business at hand.
  24. There's just too much death, it comes too quickly, it has no moral import, it becomes ultimately meaningless. It's not that hyper-violent movies are axiomatically a bad thing, it's just that this particular example is so laden with shootings that it becomes somehow tedious.
  25. 50
    Too clever by half. It's the worst kind of con: It tells us it's a con, so we don't even have the consolation of being led down the garden path.
  26. Declarative sentences are as scarce as detectable feelings in this stylish, emptyish thriller -- it's Tarantino with the vital juices left out.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 50
    Lucky Number Slevin is an attempted cinematic sleight-of-hand that has its moments, but is finally just plain annoying, wearing its influences too broadly on its sleeve.
  30. Overwritten, over-designed, and too clever by 200 percent, the film does offer the pleasure of actors enjoying themselves.
  31. 50
    With its wiry twists and turns, ends up buckling under the weight of its own cleverness.
  32. The proverbial seems awfully pale here. Fans of Q.T. will find it patently derivative. Fans of Elmore will find it, well, El-less.
  33. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    The pretzeled syntax is fun for a while. But as the holes are filled in, the film stands revealed as just another vacuous revenge picture. It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.
  34. 40
    Another drearily sadistic and pointless crime thriller.
  35. Is Josh Hartnett attracted to cinematic bombs, or do movies merely self-destruct once he signs on as the leading man?
  36. 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.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 202 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. Jan 25, 2011
    Lucky # Slevin is one of the funner movies I have seen in a long time. The action is great and the plot twists are unexpected. The star powerLucky # Slevin is one of the funner movies I have seen in a long time. The action is great and the plot twists are unexpected. The star power alone is a reason to watch it. Freeman and Kingsley play great crime bosses. Willis and Hartnett play their roles to perfection and even Liu sells her role. All in all this movie is a must see. Full Review »
  2. 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 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. Full Review »
  3. G.G.
    Apr 16, 2007
    I don't know what the official "critics" where smoking when they gave this film a worse rating than something like 300 or Disturbia, but I don't know what the official "critics" where smoking when they gave this film a worse rating than something like 300 or Disturbia, but I guess the intellect required to understand these texts is on par with the intellect required to be a "Professional Film Critic." I'm actually astounded some of the lower ratings this film has been given aren't accompanied by reviews resembling "it sucked lots." Full Review »