Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 45
  2. Negative: 2 out of 45
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Jul 26, 2014
    The summer’s best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Jul 24, 2014
    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
    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
    It's basically the perfect summer movie, because it's designed to be.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 270 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 113
  2. Negative: 39 out of 113
  1. Jul 25, 2014
    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 same and you are just thinking ok I get it get on with it already. Full Review »
  2. Jul 25, 2014
    Pushing 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
    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. Full Review »