The Lucky One Reviews

  • The trouble with the movie isn't that it's too girly-swoony; it's that it tries to achieve emotion through glowy sunsets and a paint-by-numbers script.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • The sun breaks through the clouds, you smile through your tears, and your cynicism - even the tiny voice in your head crying out, "Wait, none of this makes any sense!" - is silenced by sweet music and swelling sentiment.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • The cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy.

    USA Today

  • A sudsy romantic melodrama that in the 1950s would have been directed with lurid overkill by the likes of Douglas Sirk.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Seeing [Schilling] and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into a cake.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • No amount of neck nuzzling or back arching can make us believe there's real heat rising between these two.

    Chuck Wilson — Village Voice

  • [Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Unable as I am to locate any feelings about him, I see Mr. Efron as a hunk with a problem delivering sustained dialogue in units of more than one or two sentences.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • ...a product that's rolled off the Nicholas Sparks assembly line with every ridiculous plot contortion hard-welded into the structure.

    James Rocchi — MSN Movies

  • If you've ever liked a Nicholas Sparks movie, you're likely to enjoy this one.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The seventh and latest Sparks project to hit the screen, and the sixth one likely to elicit the response "Well, it's no 'Notebook.'"

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.

    Tal Rosenberg — Chicago Reader

  • The latest screen adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks romance in which fate, destiny, and sage cliches whirl together in a sugar crash of meaningful moments and tasteful eroticism.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • In "The Lucky One," an occasionally shirtless Zac Efron lifts heavy things, plays the piano, reads "Moby Dick," bonds with a small child and fixes a tractor. Puppies lick his face.

    Barbara VanDenburgh — Arizona Republic

  • The trouble with destiny is that it leaves no room for surprise; ditto this safe midseason romancer.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

  • I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs.

    Sara Stewart — New York Post

  • How can bestselling author Nicholas Sparks, the Thomas Kinkade of the paperback novel, keep churning out sluggish melodramas that lose not one ounce of sap on the trip to the big screen?

    Linda Barnard — Toronto Star

  • Logan's opening voice-over describes how fate can throw one's life off-course, but nothing about the film that follows strays from Sparks' well-established tear-jerking formula...

    William Goss — Film.com

  • Another Nicholas Sparks novel, another cinematic brush with insulin shock.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • The central love story is well-constructed for what it is; it offers the requisite amount of fantasy with just a miniscule dollop of realism. It's escapism for women and an adequate date flick. Or, to be more succinct, it's a Nicholas Sparks movie.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

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