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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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  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. 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
    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: 62 out of 71
  2. Negative: 7 out of 71
  1. StephanieB.
    Sep 24, 2006
    10
    I think this movie is great!!! It twist and turns and gets you thinking, hard to figure out until the end- which keeps you watching. The best movie I have seen in a long time!!!! Expand
  2. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    For me, one of the outstanding crime films of recent years. The incredibly convoluted plot keeps you guessing for most of the film...you believe Slevin is the innocent man mistaken for Nick, and as Goodkat appears in the rival camps, you wonder who the hell he really works for. The plot threads are neatly tied up in a satisfactory conclusion. I've never been a Tarantino fan, but he could learn from watching this! I give it a maximum rating. Expand
  3. JinxA
    May 25, 2009
    10
    The witty dialogue in this movie is addicting, and the characters are very well defined. The art design and visual themes are brilliant and unique. One of the greatest things about this movie is how re-watchable it is. 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 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. ChrisU.
    Apr 16, 2006
    8
    I don't understand why the critics don't seem to like this movie more. It is well acted by all involved and we actually see emotional depth from Hartnett in the closing third of film, which is something audiences haven't really seen too much of from this teenie-bop actor. He surprised me by pulling his weight in a cast with several acclaimed actors (keep in mind he pulls his weight while being the lead, which has the most weight to pull in an ensemble cast), and actually showed he is capable of taking his craft somewhat seriously. Although the supporting performances are very good from all involved, this movie would simply not be the same without Hartnett's influence through his character. After all, the movie is about him, as you'll see. It's tough to talk any more about the movie without disclosing its secrets. Simply put, Slevin's plot and dialogue are a bit scatterbrained in the beginning, but stay with this movie. It will reward you at the end. Expand
  6. DerrickA.
    Apr 9, 2006
    8
    Lotta similiarities to the Kill Bill films. Kudos to the director for "connecting all the dots" at the end.
  7. KyleA.
    Apr 7, 2006
    0
    Should be shown in screenwriting classes: How NOT to write a movie.

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