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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 26, 2014
    90
    The summer’s best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    Jul 23, 2014
    78
    The best comic-book movie in a long time, though based on no comic, Lucy is a film that mates classic Besson with Quentin Tarantino in a go at the mystical, world-solving vision found in Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life."
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    Scarlett Johansson is ideally cast as a rapidly evolving kick-ass hero in Lucy, a stylish action thriller that is equal parts dazzling and ludicrous.
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 22, 2014
    67
    Lucy doesn't hold together, but with its flashy innovation, Besson's trying to freshen the formula. It's the kind of freewheeling mess of a movie you wish studios would try out more often.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Jul 23, 2014
    60
    Lucy earns points for its unpredictable treatment of its vaguely superhero-ish premise and an appealing silliness, but it struggles to match wits with the genius at its center.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Jul 25, 2014
    50
    I know we’re supposed to think that Besson’s daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored. It didn’t help that Morgan Freeman shows up as a brainy scientist explaining everything to us in his deepest intonations. When was the last time Freeman, a great actor, really acted?
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Jul 24, 2014
    12
    Besson has always demonstrated the ability to chuckle at the madness of his own material, and he provides some solid laughs from time to time. But these winks do nothing to erase the reality of a plot that becomes unintentionally hilarious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 94
  2. Negative: 34 out of 94
  1. Aug 3, 2014
    10
    I thought the movie was great. It had a spiritual message that provoked one to thought. I love action movies and this film does give lots of action; however, typically action movies don't offer any depth to the storyline. "Lucy," does provide depth and need for thought and I left contemplating its message. It reminded me a bit of the Matrix. The message was a labyrinth of possibilities. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2014
    9
    A kickass sci-fi/metaphysical thriller that packs a punch, both in its visuals and its content. What a treat it is to watch a cinematic thrill ride that also delivers on its profound subject matter. If you want some depth from your action-adventures, go see this one -- you won't be disappointed. Expand
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    7
    Kinda dumb premise, but entertaining nonetheless. Lots of humor to offset the ridiculousness of the concept(s). If you like Sci-Fi and Scarlett, go see it just for fun. If you liked the movie "Limitless" (clear pills that made a person access all of their brain capacity), you will probably like this, although Limitless was a much better movie. Expand
  4. Aug 5, 2014
    5
    This movie is okay. That's all I could think during it. There were a lot of parts where I just called **** For example: the entire concept of the movie. Humans don't use 10% of their brain. They use more. Like I said, okay movie. There are better ways to spend your money. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2014
    4
    this movie is all over the place, I didn't like freeman as a professor I thought he overshadowed the star and yet had only a minor role, the mating animals and copy paste start was pathetic, I didn't like the boyfriend scene and the yakuza were over the top, there were shades of matrix gun battles, who seriously goes to that sort of trouble for four packets of drugs, honestly. the police car chase...what was the point of that? the cop.... was she going to pass on the genetic super gene or something, what was the point? she builds a supercomputer and leaves him with a USB stick, which about sums up this movie. Expand
  6. Jul 27, 2014
    3
    Guys, this movie is bad. Like if it were a TV sitcom it would be called "I Hate Lucy" (OK, that one was lobbed down the middle). Everything in this movie is just so boring and stupid. The plot tries to be intelligent but ends up just being moronic, derivative and, by the end, a big middle finger to the audience. Its like LIMITLESS met TRANSCENDENCE, and they had a really dumb, annoying child. I really don't know what else to say. I implore you not to see this film. Expand
  7. Aug 23, 2014
    0
    Worst movie of all time . Expand

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