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The Lucky One (2012)

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20

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

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.

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

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.

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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

PG-13,

Drama

Will Fetters

Aug 28, 2012

$60.4M

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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'.

May 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (12)
Chicago Reader
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Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Richard Roeper.com | Comment (1)
Richard Roeper.com
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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.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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[Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (2)
New York Daily News
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The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
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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.

June 2, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
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.

October 24, 2012 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

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

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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.

August 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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.

June 30, 2012 Full Review Source: 3AW

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.

June 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

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

May 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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

May 6, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

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

May 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Real.com

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

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Express
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.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Flicks don't come chickier than this.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

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

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian | Comments (4)
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.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: UTV

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..
July 20, 2014
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Sanjaya 丘耀文

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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.
October 6, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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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...
March 30, 2013
itsjustme2004

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.
December 20, 2012
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Manu Gino

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    1. Logan: Sometimes, the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.
    – Submitted by Wendy D (23 months ago)
    1. Logan: How do you explain something that you can't even understand yourself?
    – Submitted by Silvia C (23 months ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Beth: You don't even know him!
    2. Ellie: You don't neither.
    – Submitted by Daisy D (2 years ago)
    1. Beth: How did you get him to leave?
    2. Ellie: I gave him the job.
    – Submitted by Daisy D (2 years ago)
    1. 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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