“What The Crap Happened To Ice Cube? A Lame-brained, Boring As Hell, Stereotype-stuffed 'comedy.'”
“I AM NOT BLACK BUT I FOUND THIS MOVIE OFFENSE!”
“Ice Cube Is The Only Performer Worth Watching.”
If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot.
Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly
A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood.
Andy Webster - New York Times
The comedy is broad, bordering on offensive, the laughs are few, and the positive message feels tacked on.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
It's comforting, really, to see the movie's soft-pedaling of actual ghetto problems; realism isn't Lottery Ticket's game.
Dan Kois - Village Voice
Though the movie looks good and rarely lags on energy, the careless script is filled with tired stereotypes and easy cliches.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliche-fest.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
You know what? This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny, and only some misjudged violence in the last lap keeps it from being better than good.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun.
Patrick Friel - Chicago Reader
Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job.
Tom Long - Detroit News
There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
John Anderson - Variety
The script is never nearly as clever as the premise ought to allow, and the madcap fun is far too frequently derailed by tonal inconsistencies.
Andrew Barker - Variety
There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players.
Jason Anderson - Toronto Star
Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story.
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
A disappointing, trite comedy overrun with African-American stereotypes.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
it has about 40 minutes of story and needs to be padded out to its 99-minute running time
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
A tasteless and obnoxious "comedy," "Lottery Ticket" is easily one of the year's worst films.
John Hanlon - Big Hollywood
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
The cast is terrific and the basic premise is pleasing, but a wavering tone robs Lottery Ticket of some of its power.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
...shallow, cliched, sentimental, and derivative; but the cast makes up for the plot's deficiencies with an amiable charm that's hard to resist.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
If given the opportunity to see Lottery Ticket again (once was enough!), I'd break down... and buy some lottery tickets instead.
Elias Savada - Film Threat
...a sporadically entertaining yet hopelessly uneven comedy that just doesn't work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's remarkable how much 18-year-old Kevin has in common with Ice Cube's Craig (from Friday), as well as how few structural or political changes have occurred over the past 15 years.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
This Lottery Ticket doesn't pay out.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
'Lottery Ticket' is a winner.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A low-budget comedy that's genial, morally sound and wholesome in the Barbershop mode...
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Droll but tepid urban-kid-hits-lotto comedy
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
There are enough stereotypes in here to get Dr. Laura frothing at the mouth -- and enough menace to merit co-writing credit for the Hughes brothers.
Amy Nicholson - I.E. Weekly
With Ice Cube producing, and his regular buddies (Mike Epps, Terry Crews and Charlie Murphy) along for the ride, 'Lottery Ticket' is the latest charming and humorous film from the 'hood.
Wilson Morales - AOL Black Voices
It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad language.
Kevin C. Johnson - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The chase scenes -- and there are many -- are well shot with deft comic timing. The rest you can see coming all the way from uptown.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The very likable young leads salvage this broad comedy from complete disaster but you know you're in trouble when Bow Wow is the best thing about a movie.
Brian Tallerico - Movie Retriever
The silly comedy outweighs everything but under it all is a critical subtext that hardly ever gets a voice in mainstream films marketed to black audiences.
Dave White - Movies.com
A 'hood comedy with heart.
Jen Yamato - Movies.com
Despite the predictability, the stereotypes and the occasionally overly sentimental moment, it's fun. Honestly, if that's all you get from a movie like this, well, we have a winner.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
... only rarely rises to the level of junk ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Lottery Ticket sags in its middle buts its energy, comedy and characters also provide much entertainment.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Funny but stereotypical, overly violent comedy for teens.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The filmmkers work to make the setting a complicated and relatively convincing place, for all its sitcom-ish aspects, and they treat their characters with affection and respect.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
[I]f Kevin had been smart, there would be no movie... and no excuse for White and Williams to wallow in the worst sorts of crude stereotypes for reasons only they can know....
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Haven't I seen this movie before? I think it came out in 1995 and was co-written by Ice Cube.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
Many of these moments work, but the entire package just doesn't quite jell.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Any resemblance to the community-based mayhem of the Friday movies is entirely intentional.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
A film so devoid of direction, so offensive in its storytelling and so wholly ignorant to its own philosophy, you would swear it was made by Madea Perry.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
For a movie like "Lottery Ticket" to work, viewers have to feel as if they themselves have come out ahead.
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
While the film starts strong, it suffers from diminishing returns.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
Like Barbershop, The Lottery Ticket is about a community as much as it is about a lucky young man who gets in over his head.
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
Turns out you can buy false dreams for the price of a movie ticket too.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Essentially Trading Places by way of Next Friday, Lottery Ticket never rises above formula.
Paul Schrodt - Slant Magazine
Mostly mistakes frenzy for fun and too often opts for jarring bits of violence...isn't a complete loser, but at best delivers a modest payoff rather than a big jackpot.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The premise has potential but the execution is wobbly. At least Mike Epps is funny as a reverend seeking earthly rewards.
Clint O'Connor - Cleveland Plain Dealer
Stale and stupid...the script is too haphazard to create tension or momentum. The writing is joke-free, with loud voices and mild vulgarities instead of actual punchlines.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
Sweet, and very noisy, ensemble comedy lives up to its premise when it sticks closely to its neighborhood and its characters.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The story would work if it indulged laid-back believability over outlandish characters and easy cliches.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Almost two-dimensional, definitely heartfelt, and absolutely funny.
Chris Faraone - Boston Phoenix
It's just additional proof that those responsible for such horrible films need to win the lottery so that they'll stop subjecting the masses to such offensive and not particularly funny material. (Parental Review also Available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
This genial little fairy tale of a comedy gives us a likable hero and an irresistible fantasy.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It's easy to get upset with the writer and director of Lottery Ticket for not trying hard enough to deliver a better movie, but the simple fact of the matter is: why should they?
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
If any of the central characters in Lottery Ticket had a bit of sense, the movie would be over in about five minutes.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It doesn't work all the time, but it's definitely a worthy attempt.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Ice Cube is the only performer worth watching.
Harvey S. Karten - Rotten Tomatoes
the worst urban comedy in a long time
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Except for a few of the cast members' better-than-the-material performances and a nifty opening sequence, the movie would be straight-to-video fare.
Mack Bates - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
If you have seen Barbershop, Beauty Shop, any of the Friday flicks or every Madea movie, then you've seen Lottery Ticket. Only the names of the stereotypes and reasons for their antics are changed to protect the makers from plagiarism charges.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
A parade of painful ghetto stereotypes, missing every opportunity for satire or meaningful social commentary.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
[A] generic, non-specific, ultimately unsatisfying take on a bullet-proof concept .
Michelle Orange - Movieline
Pays off on the laughs with a strong message about using sudden riches responsibly and the importance of giving back to the community.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
"Lottery Ticket" feels like it was made in the late '70s or early '80s, at a time when manufactured urban ghettos were still considered a "good idea."
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A ROFL treasure hunt which unfolds like an inner-city variation of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. What more can you ask for from a ghetto-fabulous, escapist fantasy?
Kam Williams - TheLoop21.com
Cube may not have seen Rene Clair's 1931 lottery masterpiece Le Million, but, as a film impresario, he captures some of its culturally-specific charm.
Armond White - New York Press
Feisty urban comedy bloated with feeble social messages, the picture carries a decent tune until it feels the need to preach to the audience, hoping to indulge the fantasy of easy money while providing all the guilt.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Even on its own limited terms, the jokes are sub-Friday sequel, and a last-act grab for Boyz n the Hood pathos is seriously reaching.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out