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  • Summary: A rock journalist (Toni Collette) is assigned to track down her ex-boyfriend.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    May 28, 2014
    83
    Director Megan Griffiths, best known for the grim human-trafficking drama "Eden," proves surprisingly adept at this lighter material, maintaining a slightly loopy tone that serves to make the occasional dramatic moments all the more piercing.
  2. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    May 30, 2014
    75
    Toni Collette radiates smarts, humor and a world-weary cool in Lucky Them.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jul 26, 2014
    75
    A clever, fun, and affecting romantic dramedy about love and rock-and-roll.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 22, 2014
    70
    The film’s truest and most meaningful chemistry is generated by Ellie and Charlie, two individuals who are so fun to hang out with that they justify even the film’s flimsiest narrative setups.
  5. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    May 27, 2014
    70
    Strangely Bechdel Test-failing and as far removed from real life as Middle Earth, Lucky Them nonetheless hits familiar beats in welcome and unexpected ways, and does it by the book.
  6. 63
    Collette always delivers fair value. Her Ellie is hard-drinking, high-mileage, slimmed down and flirting with Cougar-hood, a woman living in the trap of her world, her work and the love she lost.
  7. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Apr 22, 2014
    50
    It labors under the illusion that an abundance of Sub Pop memorabilia is adequate substitute for the honest evocation of a creative subculture and the personalities of which it's composed.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Nov 24, 2014
    6
    The premise of Lucky Them could have been used to mine revelations about the mythos of fallen or simply mystical musical icons in general, butThe premise of Lucky Them could have been used to mine revelations about the mythos of fallen or simply mystical musical icons in general, but instead opts to be a pleasant, albeit slight, road trip dramedy. The underground music scene only serves as a backdrop of sorts. The main focus is on Colette, who manages to sustain a likability to her character without sacrificing a healthy dose of multi-dimensional-ism. The plot is absurd and the side plot featuring her relationship with an up-and-coming musician feels undernourished. There is a criminal under-usage of Platt and what laughs there are to be had aren't more than chuckle-inducing, but no matter. Lucky Them doesn't pose as a more ambitious film than it is and it succeeds on the terms it establishes early on: to be light, endearing, intelligent, and, at the very least, diverting. The finale inserts an unexpected depth (and an unexpected cameo) into this story that raise it from the depths of mediocrity, but just barely. Worth checking out for Colette and, I forgot to mention, Church's scene-stealing rich-boy antics. Expand

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