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Mixed or average reviews- based on 62 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 32 out of 62
  2. Negative: 19 out of 62

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  1. Apr 20, 2012
    I've got to admit, the setup works, but the climax is pure deus ex machina. The Lucky One begins with circumstances falling upon Logan, and ends with circumstances exonerating him from the need to do anything about his rival, Keith. This is weak storytelling. At least the cinematography has everything there should be in a date movie; sunrise and sunset shots, carefully placed lens flare in moments of passionate kissing, etc. It's a pretty movie, I'll give it that, but the casting in The Lucky One doesn't work. Efron is all wrong for the role, in any realistic sense. He's got to be the scrawniest, most sensitive marine I've ever seen, and Schilling is lacking in the having "it" category. For a tale of love and lust, The Lucky One comes up half short. Full review on my blog. Expand
  2. Apr 20, 2012
    This movie is almost identical to the notebook and other movies. This movie had its moments but most of the love moments have been seen in alot of other movies. The Lucky One is just another repetitive movie
  3. Apr 20, 2012
    Sorry to all the people, but I think that the movie is guy (yes I'm like this type of movies), I think that is good watching Zac Efron in other movies (after HSM), but the problem is his performance, is not the better, have some moments but need be better, the rest of the cast have regular performances. Now the story, is good, romantic, and all this things, but the problem is the development, have some problems in the story of the movie. The Lucky One is for the girls that like of this genre of movies (I included), but the rest of the people can watch other thing. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2012
    Typical date night film. Weak screenplay that would have been better had they allowed Zak Efron's character to actually save the ex husband from drowning. Zac and Taylor are pretty too watch but neither one of them come off as being mature strong actors. They rather appear like daytime soap opera performers. Blythe Danner is the only one in the film who is actually convincing.
  5. Apr 29, 2012
    It is unbelievable just how awful this film really is. I'm happy to see Zac Efron further his career from the crap High school musical films, but in this film, he didn't fit the role AT ALL. Zac Efron and the word marine don't even sound right in the same sentence. The acting was dreadful, the story was cheesy (i know its Nicholas Sparks so i expected it) but this movie was just terrible. It was my girlfriends idea to see it (go figure) but even she was laughing through the entire film like myself. By the way Taylor Schilling has to be the worst actress i've ever scene on the big screen. She couldn't even fake cry, and when she started laughing while crying, she sounded like a retarded baby. This movie was just awful. Not enjoyable what so ever. The best acting in the film came from the little boy for christs sake. For once in a blue moon the critics actually got one right. This movie is the definition of terrible. Don't see it, its a waste of money, time, and precious brain cells. 0/10 Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2012
    Good performances and generally strong emotional moments are sadly let down enough by the over the top predictable melodrama. I give this movie 56% of a good movie.
  7. Apr 24, 2012
    This review contains spoilers. There is one thing people need to understand. Most movies copy eachother. It's a good change to see zac efron in a more grown up film. They did alot of the war sences well and putting the photo of the girl in at the right time. The one thing i liked most about this film that it really showed how much they really tried making this film a hit. This film had it's flause the scripting and the house break in and the conversation in the kitchen needed to be workt on Seemed to rusht. But overall I give it an 8 (very good in my ratings) Collapse
  8. Apr 21, 2012
    First of all, I'm not a Nicholas Sparks fan. I like his the plots of his novels but when it comes to the movie, it is quite disappointing. I watched some of the movies which are based on the novels of Nicholas Sparks. One of these is The Lucky One. The actors were great actually but I think there is something wrong with the movie itself. It lacks of impact to the viewers. It did not make me feel I want to be in love. It is quite disappointing. Expand
  9. Jun 5, 2012
    Efron Show's He Is A Real Actor! Not Just A Crappy Disney Star!
    The Plot Is Meh But The Acting Is Very Good!
  10. Nov 1, 2012
    I must begin by officially apologizing to the early 2012 Sparks-esque release
  11. Dec 2, 2012
    Basic love story. Simple, not too complex. Gives way to several preconceived and incorrect ideas of how the story will go. If you like "chic" flicks and love stories with good looking people, this is your movie.
  12. Dec 5, 2012
    I went into this film, hoping for the best, but it just didn't deliver. Zac Efron gives the worst performance of his career, the writing is dreadful, and the story is just awkward. I didn't like it! I've seen worse, but I'd skip this one.
  13. May 25, 2013
    No, I did not like this movie. Why?
    -Nicolas Sparks novel adaptation (they all suck anyway)
    -Bad plot
    -Almost no chemistry between Zac Elfron and the girl he is dating

    And that is about it.
  14. May 24, 2013
    a great love story with a great cast,story line and romance appeal to the audience and it is defiantly worth seeing. I love everything about this film and everyone should see it. the cast is also well chosen and thought out plus the fact there are lots of hot sweaty scenes to enjoy!! THIS IS MY FAVE ROMANCE MOVIE EVER
  15. Jan 29, 2014
    The Lucky One is one of the best movies I've seen you with interpretation of Zac Efron undoubtedly one he has been progressing leaving behind small roles.
    The Lucky One is a truly beautiful story whose audience is for romantic couples or a girl who wants to see something romantic. There are people who do not agree that this type of movies ... but PLEASE respect the opinions of others and
    above for those who has loved this movie. Expand

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 35
  2. Negative: 10 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Emma Dibdin
    May 7, 2012
    A through-and-through weepie that's unlikely to convert any Sparks naysayers. The darker hues of its war-based story nonetheless make the sugary excesses easier to swallow.
  2. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Apr 30, 2012
    "The Notebook" may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.
  3. Reviewed by: Tal Rosenberg
    Apr 22, 2012
    As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.