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: Richard Corliss
    Jul 26, 2014
    90
    The summer’s best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 24, 2014
    90
    It's gleefully bold, visually adventurous, often funny, strikingly concise — the whole heart-pounding tale is over in 90 minutes — and 100% entertaining.
  3. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jul 23, 2014
    83
    It comes across, instead, as a directorial flight of fancy, an imaginatively goofy take on an already goofy idea, exaggerated by Besson’s blunt style and an uncommonly fast pace.
  4. Reviewed by: Gabe Toro
    Jul 23, 2014
    83
    It's basically the perfect summer movie, because it's designed to be.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Nicholson
    Sep 5, 2014
    80
    This undeniably silly, but raucously entertaining, off-the-wall transhumanist actioner is an absolute riot.
  6. Reviewed by: Kate Stables
    Sep 5, 2014
    80
    Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator.
  7. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Sep 5, 2014
    80
    It’s the blockbuster of the summer.
  8. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Lucy is insane, makes very little sense, doesn't stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast.
  9. 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."
  10. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Jul 25, 2014
    75
    What Johansson does in Lucy won't win her any prizes, but it establishes her ability to carry a movie that has some ideas, however half-baked, and has nothing to do with her obvious sex appeal.
  11. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Jul 25, 2014
    75
    When it comes to sheer comic-book fun, few summer movies deliver a more consistent, satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable shot of cinematic jouissance than the delightfully adventurous actress Scarlett Johansson's latest bit of strange, Lucy.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jul 25, 2014
    75
    Like many films by Besson — "The Professional," "The Fifth Element," "The Messenger" and other high-octane shoot-'em-ups — Lucy starts out riveting but becomes less engaging as it goes along.
  13. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    Lucy is what a superhero movie might look like if developed by Spike Jonze and/or Michael Gondry.
  14. 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.
  15. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    It’s all ridiculous and enjoyable, and at the movie’s center is an actress creatively guessing at what omniscience might feel like.
  16. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    A full-out action movie - and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.
  17. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    In a captivating climax, the movie turns attractively freaky, though somewhat marred by cheesy special effects, and there’s a huge debt to the immense leaps of “2001.” An abrupt ending feels frustrating and leaves questions floating in space. Then again, I’m using only 3 to 5 percent of my capacity, so what do I know?
  18. Reviewed by: Jeff Labrecque
    Jul 24, 2014
    75
    By the time the film exhausts itself—in a brisk 89 minutes — it feels like there's literally nowhere that Lucy and Besson can't go, no boundaries, no laws, no logic. Just go with it.
  19. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Jul 23, 2014
    75
    Vulgar auteurist Luc Besson finally commits wholeheartedly to his decades-long preoccupation with waifish young women discovering their inner Shiva, spinning the concept out to its most delirious possible extremes.
  20. 70
    An outlandishly entertaining mixture of high silliness and high style.
  21. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 24, 2014
    70
    There are a number of terrific production numbers in Lucy, basically violent action scenes that border on slapstick, and as long as we agree in advance that the “science” in this movie goes beyond pseudo into total B.S., I believe you will leave satisfied.
  22. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Jul 24, 2014
    70
    Buoyed by Ms. Johansson’s presence, Mr. Besson keeps his entertainment machine purring. He may be a hack, but he’s also a reliable entertainer.
  23. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Jul 23, 2014
    70
    Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability.
  24. 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.
  25. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jul 24, 2014
    63
    Lucy, you may have twigged, is named after our 3.2-million-year-old hominid ancestor.
  26. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Jul 24, 2014
    63
    Although Besson, the director of “La Femme Nikita” and the producer of “Taken,” indulges in some operatic violence, the film is more spacey than pacey.
  27. 63
    Besson’s script may let her (and Freeman) down in the third act, but the 89 minute long Lucy is so brisk it’ll give you whiplash. Even marginal thrillers benefit from a director and star who have a sense of urgency and are as hellbent as this on not overstaying their welcome.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 661 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 200
  2. Negative: 70 out of 200
  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 »