“The Lucky One” is a film that professional critics and amateur critics love to pounce on. With it being another lucrative film based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, you know it’s going to make beaucoup money, but it’s not going to be a favorite with the critics.
The critical response for this film is what you’d expect, according to the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes; “While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, ‘The Lucky One’ ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy clichés to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula.”
Nothing new here, even though the audience rated it a competent 77%. Here’s what the critics said individually:
“Well-acted schmaltz with gaping plot holes.”–Richard Roeper, richardroeper.com
“There’s not much to the movie besides handsome sets, sun-dappled photography and a plot as predictable as the verse in a Hallmark card.”–Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
“A shell-shocked drifter arrives in a small town and seduces a young, single mother in ‘The Lucky One,’ an adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel that aims for weepy and steamy but somehow ends up creepy and smutty. The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film’s chilling narcissism ultimately make for a pleasureless fantasy.”–Rafer Guzman, Newsday
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