Lucy

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45

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  1. Reviewed by: Tom Huddleston
    Sep 5, 2014
    60
    This ridiculous, highly watchable, at points startlingly psychedelic action thriller is probably Luc Besson’s best film since ‘Léon’ (which isn’t saying a great deal).
  2. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Aug 18, 2014
    60
    What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle — not that you ever stop adoring Johansson’s magnificent heroine.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Jordan Hoffman
    Jul 23, 2014
    60
    The end of the movie goes completely off the rails, but in a way that is charming in its stupidity.
  5. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Jul 24, 2014
    58
    Whether you take to it will depend on whether you consider “high-octane” or “nonsense” the more important word.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    Jul 23, 2014
    58
    There are moments of real wonder and even beauty amidst the slam and the bang and the big bada boom, and while Lucy is a mixed bag, it's been mixed by a master, and it is delightfully, happily insane.
  7. Reviewed by: Kate Erbland
    Jul 23, 2014
    52
    Even Besson’s most bold choices – and this is a film that goes weird, and then just keeps getting weirder – don’t seem so revolutionary when packaged in such well-tread trappings and increasingly shoddy writing.
  8. 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?
  9. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    An entertainment choice I wouldn’t recommend, but one you might not regret if you dial your expectations down (or your drug intake up).
  10. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    When everything and anything is possible, nothing feels urgent or truly dramatic. The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    The junk in Lucy doesn't entirely eclipse the moments when weird is fun.
  12. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jul 24, 2014
    50
    Remember "Limitless," the 2011 thriller in which Bradley Cooper becomes a whirling killer dervish from a drug that lets him access 100 percent of his brain? Well, Lucy is basically the same movie with Scarlett Johansson in the Cooper role. It's not a good trade-off.
  13. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Jul 23, 2014
    50
    Lucy is a confounding experience, but at a brisk 85 or so minutes, it manages not to outstay its welcome. Those not enamored of Besson's particular brand of Euro-schlock grindhouse existentialism, however, may find their brains more stimulated elsewhere.
  14. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    A brazenly mindless thriller about the infinite capacities of the human brain. That said, sometimes we just want to shut down and give in to bombastic summer entertainment. In that regard, as usual, Besson delivers.
  15. Reviewed by: Amy Nicholson
    Jul 24, 2014
    40
    There's enough mumbo jumbo about space and time and cellular division to allow Lucy to feign depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun.
  16. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jul 23, 2014
    40
    Lucy plays more like a big dumb superhero flick than sci-fi.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 918 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 215
  2. Negative: 73 out of 215
  1. Jul 25, 2014
    2
    Really bad movie. Scarlets worst movie. It's like a Matrix wannabe but is tiresome and predicable. Yes there is action but it is all the sameReally bad movie. Scarlets worst movie. It's like a Matrix wannabe but is tiresome and predicable. Yes there is action but it is all the same and you are just thinking ok I get it get on with it already. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    1
    Pushing aside the laughable "science", the film fails to entertain. Scarlett Johansson is so bad in this, that it's no longer surprising whenPushing aside the laughable "science", the film fails to entertain. Scarlett Johansson is so bad in this, that it's no longer surprising when her performance contains no emotion or actual acting. The character is beyond unconnectable, and sometimes unlike able. The story is lame, the action is kind of lame, and overall the project is just boring. Full Review »
  3. 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 ofI 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. Full Review »