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  • Summary: Carter Chambers, an auto mechanic, and corporate billionaire Edward Cole find themselves sharing a hospital room with plenty of time to think about what might happen next--and about how much of that is in their hands. For all their apparent differences, they soon discover they have two very important things in common: an unrealized need to come to terms with who they are and the choices they've made, and a pressing desire to spend the time they have left doing everything they ever wanted to do. So, against doctor's orders and all good sense, these two virtual strangers check themselves out of the hospital and hit the road together for the adventure of a lifetime--from the Taj Mahal to the Serengeti, from the finest restaurants to the seediest tattoo parlors, and from the cockpit of vintage racecars to the open door of a prop plane--with just a list and their passion for life to guide them. Adding and crossing items off their list while taking in the grandeur and beauty of the world, they will grapple with the difficult questions and the even more difficult answers that plague all of us. And, without even realizing it, they'll become true friends. Sometimes you just need a deadline to get your life in gear. (Warner Bros.) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 34
  2. Negative: 12 out of 34
  1. 88
    Actors tell us that dying is easy, comedy is hard. But comedies about dying are hardest of all.
  2. Despite some emotional dips and a see-it-to-believe-it load of schmaltz at the end, The Bucket List is mostly a joy ride with good company, and the actors obviously were having a high time on their traveling boondoggle.
  3. The movie has its moments, and some are undeniably affecting. But even those seem artificial, relying far too much on our familiarity with and fondness for the film's stars.
  4. 50
    The Bucket List will quickly be kicked into oblivion, but, at a lifetime-achievement-award ceremony, Nicholson’s tempest will fit nicely into a montage of Crazy Jack moments.
  5. Freeman and Nicholson mostly stand in front of special-effects green screens and have the locales projected, like they're in a "Road" picture.
  6. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    White-bread storytelling made by, for, and about people who think joy and meaning can be acquired by simply taking a step or two out of life’s comfort zones and into African-safari packages and skydiving excursions.
  7. I don't know if Rob Reiner is the one to blame for this atrocity, but he directed and coproduced.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 6 out of 50
  1. JasonV.
    Jun 14, 2008
    I will admit that at first the movie seemed to start off a little slow. But, as you watch the movie you realize that it explains the incredible bond that is created between these two terminally ill cancer patients. This movie is now near the top of my list as one of the greatest movies I have seen. It makes a person realize that your problems aren't nearly as bad as those of the people, family and friends who deal with this kind of problem. Enjoy. Expand
  2. StephanieM.
    Jun 14, 2008
    Spectacular movie! It made me laugh, and cry. It didn't feel like watching a movie, I felt I was there.
  3. Mar 6, 2011
    Once again, the critics have it all wrong. Glad we didn't rely on their rating. The movie is wonderful in every way. The only part that was over the top was the crashing of the two cars. Making a "Bucket List" is a good idea for everyone, as it is helpful to set goals and contemplate one's mortality. We will highly recommend this movie. Collapse
  4. MauricioL.
    Jul 2, 2008
    very good, the setting were great, the idea of the movie was kind of dumb and well they meet and then go around the world , it ws a very good drama and well worth seeing Expand
  5. PhilB.
    Jan 11, 2008
    It made me laugh, cry and think and wish I could make my own "bucket list".
  6. PeterP.
    Jan 10, 2008
    If you are 60+, you will be able to relate to it, a fantasy that is totally enjoyable.
  7. TJW.
    Jan 5, 2008
    I know we're only a few days in, but i'll be hard pressed to find a worse movie in 2008.

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