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The Lucky One (2012)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 141
Fresh: 28
Rotten: 113

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 34
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 28

Critics Consensus: 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.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 192,771

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Movie Info

U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good … More

Rating:
PG-13 (for some sexuality and violence)
Genre:
Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Will Fetters
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 28, 2012
Box Office:
$60.4M
Runtime:
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Lucky One

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (28) | Rotten (113) | DVD (2)

Even taken as simple schmaltz, 'The Lucky One' lacks the romantic impact of the adaptation of Sparks's 'The Notebook' or even the Channing Tatum-starrer 'Dear John'.

Full Review… | May 1, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.

Full Review… | April 20, 2012
Newsday
Top Critic

How bad is this Zac attack? Well, let's just say I'm convinced director Scott Hicks opted to render his buff-and-scruffy star the strong, silent type just to keep Efron from opening his mouth.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
The Patriot Ledger

Falling victim to his source material, Hicks fails to invest it with any sort of edge, rendering the cinematic version as mawkish and saccharine as Sparks' bloated prose.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
FILMINK (Australia)

Even within the company of recent Sparks releases like this year's 'The Vow', 'The Lucky One' comes across as a two-dimensional cartoon masquerading as heartfelt human interaction.

Full Review… | October 4, 2012
What Culture

A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors.

Full Review… | September 15, 2012
We Got This Covered

The movie follows the Sparks formula so precisely, you could write out every detail of the plot just from watching the trailer.

Full Review… | August 24, 2012
Movie Metropolis

If you're after a high-quality weepie, this superbly crafted romantic melodrama from director Scott Hicks (Shine; The Boys Are Back) and novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) will drain your tear ducts.

Full Review… | June 30, 2012

If you are inclined to say, 'they had me at Zac Efron' then the hunky actor and his scene-stealing boxer briefs will likely make any logic in this screenplay superfluous.

Full Review… | June 3, 2012
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

There is not one real, natural, or genuine second in this movie. It's a standard, stock romance that felt more like the filmmakers were completing a checklist of "romantic drama" story cliches, than telling an actual story

Full Review… | May 12, 2012
Sin Magazine

Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans.

Full Review… | May 11, 2012
Paste Magazine

Clearly, weepie king Sparks is scraping for angsty love story scenarios.

Full Review… | May 6, 2012
TheMovieReport.com

There's a thin line between the exploration of grief and its exploitation that this film crosses.

Full Review… | May 5, 2012
Observer [UK]

All of this [plot] serves as justification for the movie's true purpose, which is to show two gorgeous-looking actors, Efron and Schilling, in artfully photographed and tasteful PG-13 sex scenes.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Salt Lake Tribune

Old-fashioned romance to the core, Hicks' film will win no film-making accolades, but will do neither of its attractive leads any harm in the notoriety stakes either.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012

It's all very contrived and sentimental and could easily be unbearably slushy, but director Scott Hicks just about keeps the schmaltz in check.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Movie Talk

After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
This is London

Hicks coats everything in a treacly glow that suffocates any sign of life, least of all from the cast.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Daily Express

It is dispiriting to see Efron fall prey to the most dangerous rival of artistic expression facing young actors today: the Nicholas Sparks adaptation.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
What Culture

Flicks don't come chickier than this.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Daily Mail [UK]

A tsunami of syrup and a Niagara of nonsense here in this mind-blowingly ridiculous romdram...

Full Review… | May 3, 2012
Guardian

Zac Efron is Tom Cruise-lite. Beyond the blue eyes and man-scaped stubble, you are left with an actor who simply pauses on screen when he is not speaking.

Full Review… | May 3, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Lucky One

Hey! once again Zac Efron proves himself he can act! Not like his ex-girlfriend who's kinda struggle having career in Hollywood, Zac proves himself with some middle quality but deep drama and now he start in comedy movie too.. Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, of course this will be a perfect movie for the woman audience and I can't see a lot of reason why woman wouldn't like this movie.. But as a general audience, I think the story could have made a little better.. They could have a better script since the cast did a really good job here.. And for chemistry, Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling gave a quite chemistry even wasn't as memorable as Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' or Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' so there's still a room for improvement.. But overall as a movie, 'The Lucky One' delivers a descent watch for general audience but might be one of a chick's favorite movie..

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Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

½

Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Zac plays a marine who was saved when he found a photo of a woman. After his tour of Iraq he goes back to the US to find her to thank her for being his guardian angel. But he ends up saving her. Zac is hot. Taylor wasn't the best leading lady. I could see Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the leads.

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Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A nice, heartfelt story of love and redemption. Emotional, but not overly sappy. Really nice cast. Zac Efron is becoming quite a good actor, and is definitely easy on the eyes. Blythe Danner is outstanding, as usual...

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

You should be kissed every day, every hour, every minute.

Good movie! Zac Efron does a decent job playing the character of Logan, however, he just can't pull off the tough-guy look that is essential in this film. He will always be remembered as Troy Bolton from "High School Musical". In any case, this is a tear-jerking, cheesy movie that most teenage girls would enjoy. It's not terrible, yet nothing special.

Logan is a marine serving in Iraq. While there, he finds a photo of a girl with "keep safe" written on the back. He is admiring it when his unit is attacked. He survives and credits the photo for saving him. He tries to find the owner but can't, assuming he was killed. When he goes back to the States, he finds it difficult to adjust and is still haunted by what happened. Analyzing the photo, he finds in the background a landmark that tells him she is in Louisiana. He then goes there and finds her. He learns her name is Beth. He tries to tell her what happened but can't get the words out. She assumes he's there to apply for the job they advertised looking for someone to help at her family's business, a dog kennel. He says yes but at first she gets an uneasy feeling from him but her grandmother decides to give him a chance. It isn't long that he makes a connection with her son. He then discovers that it was her brother who had the picture only he doesn't remember him. He sees that her brother's death has a profound effect on her. Eventually they get close which makes her grandmother happy but not her ex who is a deputy sheriff who's always threatening to take their son away from her.

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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

The Lucky One Quotes


Logan:
Sometimes, the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.
– Submitted by Wendy D (24 months ago)
Logan:
How do you explain something that you can't even understand yourself?
– Submitted by Silvia C (2 years ago)
Logan:
Everyone has their own destiny, but not even one makes a choice to follow it, but I'm lucky I did.
– Submitted by Stephanie G (2 years ago)
Beth:
You don't even know him!
Ellie:
You don't neither.
– Submitted by Daisy D (2 years ago)
Beth:
How did you get him to leave?
Ellie:
I gave him the job.
– Submitted by Daisy D (2 years ago)
Ellie:
Start appreciating the memories you have and stop begrudging the ones you never got to make.
– Submitted by Andrea D (2 years ago)

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