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  • Summary: T.K. Poole, Colee Dunn and Fred Cheever arrive in New York from Germany only to find their connecting flights canceled due to a power outage. Anxious to get to their respective destinations, they agree to share a rented minivan to suburban St. Louis where Cheever is to reunite with his wifeT.K. Poole, Colee Dunn and Fred Cheever arrive in New York from Germany only to find their connecting flights canceled due to a power outage. Anxious to get to their respective destinations, they agree to share a rented minivan to suburban St. Louis where Cheever is to reunite with his wife and teenage son. From there, the other two plan to fly to Las Vegas where the macho T.K. wants to make an important stop before seeing his fiancee and the tough yet naive Colee plans to pay a visit to a fallen fellow-soldier's family. But when Cheever's homecoming turns out to be a far cry from what he anticipated, the trio's one-day drive expands into an impromptu cross-country marathon. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 2 out of 25
  1. 75
    This formula is fraught with pitfalls, but the characters and the actors redeem it with a surprising emotional impact.
  2. 70
    Because the lead actors work so well together, adding depth and levels of vulnerability to fairly underwritten roles, the emotional consequences of the sense of displacement these "lucky" characters -- lucky to be alive, lucky to have met one another -- must deal with always ring true.
  3. 67
    Like its lead characters, Lucky is wounded, lost, and impractical, but it has a messy, winning humanity and an agreeably leisurely pace that almost redeems it.
  4. 58
    It's not a political film, but it's also not a bland recitation of homilies about the honor of serving one's country. It's a jokey road movie, in which three soldiers heading home from Iraq are forced into a cross-country van ride together.
  5. The film itself, which has everything from erection jokes to a computer-generated tornado, comes down to a battle between the interpreters and a screenplay riddled with convenience, cliche and well-meaning contrivance.
  6. More than a story about Iraq war veterans, The Lucky Ones is a movie about carefully considering one's options.
  7. 25
    Cheap, ignorant, tone-deaf and condescending, but what's strangest about it is that it actually thinks it's pro-soldier even as it portrays vets home on leave as foolish (Rachel McAdams), desperate (Tim Robbins) and dishonorable (Michael Pena) while playing all three situations for laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JohnT
    Jun 1, 2009
    10
    If you cannot find the sincerity in this movie, you may have to check yourself. While it is not billed as the most "realistic" of welcome If you cannot find the sincerity in this movie, you may have to check yourself. While it is not billed as the most "realistic" of welcome home veteran movies, it does an AMAZING job of hitting the right notes on the emotional scale. It is a more heartfelt Little Miss Sunshine with a bit of reality check in the middle. Obviously between the hard right and hard left, critics did not see fit to give it a good score. Watch this movie. Expand
  2. MichelleS
    Mar 14, 2009
    10
    I thought this movie was great, as long as you are not trying to get some deep meaning out of it. It was entertaining and that's all I I thought this movie was great, as long as you are not trying to get some deep meaning out of it. It was entertaining and that's all I expected out of it. I like that the story was different from other movies and I liked how the characters slowly unfolded. The movie made me laugh and held my interest and it made me want to watch it again, so in my book that makes it good. Expand
  3. WilsonS
    Sep 27, 2008
    9
    This is a very funny movie with great performances from all three principals.
  4. PatriciaB
    Sep 29, 2008
    8
    Surprisingly good. It doesn't meander as critics claim; it simply chooses not to go in cliched directions and you may not know the Surprisingly good. It doesn't meander as critics claim; it simply chooses not to go in cliched directions and you may not know the significance of a certain scene until it pays off several scenes later. That's what I call refreshing. People should NOT think this is a political film. It's not. It does NOT take a position on the war. It simply has three soldiers as the leads. Their journey is funny and real, and deviates from well-worn paths in the best possible way. Expand
  5. TimG
    Oct 1, 2008
    8
    Top of the line acting...very insightful writing.
  6. JayH.
    Jan 23, 2009
    7
    The strong performances from the three leads makes this an interesting tale, very nicely paces and I never lost interest. Entertaining, The strong performances from the three leads makes this an interesting tale, very nicely paces and I never lost interest. Entertaining, touching and at times it's finny, Good job. Expand
  7. JasonP.
    Sep 26, 2008
    1
    Another lame hollyweird political film - this time with bad acting and bad directing. Two thumbs down.

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