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The Lucky One (2012)



Critic 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.

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 luck charm. -- (C) Warner Brosmore
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
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Zac Efron
as Logan
Jay R. Ferguson
as Keith Clayton
Adam LeFevre
as Judge Clayton
Joe Chrest
as Deputy Moore
Russ Comegys
as Roger Lyle
Ann McKenzie
as Charlotte Clayton
Dr. Sharon Morris Ma...
as Principal Miller
Trey Burvant
as Logan's Brother-in-L...
Cameron Banfield
as Younger Marine
Ritchie Montgomery
as Cottage Owner
Courtney J. Clark
as Logan's Sister
Gavin Reyna
as Logan's Nephew
Matthew Michaud
as Logan's Nephew
Ned Yousef
as Iraqi Translator
Naim Alherimi
as Cursing Old Man
Hunter Reno
as Dog Owner's Son
Calvin Quatroy
as Hamden Fisherman
Michael A. Cowan
as Choir Member
Gary Harris
as Choir Member
Melba Marie Harris
as Choir Member
Tina Marie Lumas
as Choir Member
Gregory J. Probst
as Choir Member
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Critic Reviews for The Lucky One

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (34)

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

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..

Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


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.

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...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

The Lucky One Quotes

Logan: Sometimes, the questions are complicated, and the answers are simple.
– Submitted by Wendy D (3 years ago)
Logan: How do you explain something that you can't even understand yourself?
– Submitted by Silvia C (3 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 (3 years ago)
Beth: You don't even know him!
Ellie: You don't neither.
– Submitted by Daisy D (4 years ago)

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