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Lucky Number Slevin

8/10
Mystery . Crime . Thriller . Drama
 

Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma. A film with many twists and turns.

 
Actors: Dorian Missick , Kevin Chamberlin , Stanley Tucci , Peter Outerbridge , Michael Rubenfeld , Ben Kingsley , Morgan Freeman , Lucy Liu , Bruce Willis , Josh Hartnett
Directors: Paul McGuigan
Country: GERMANY , USA
Release: 2006-04-07
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  • Peter Rainer

    Hartnett has been stuck in the young-adult heartthrob mode for some time now, but this comic thriller may launch him into meatier fare.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    Lucky Number Slevin would be too clever for its own good if it weren't so ... darn clever. This violent flick is not in the same league as "The Sting," which has my vote for the cleverest winding road toward a happy ending in screenwriting history, but it contains nearly as deft a con job as that 1973 film.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neva Chonin

    For the most part, though, it works as a clever thriller that entertains through purposeful misdirection.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Smilovic's rapid-fire, Tarantino-esque dialogue is consistently razor-sharp, and the elaborate set design - which leans heavily towards shiny, riotously patterned wallpaper - is an eyeball-jangling blast.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    This pop-culture-infused mistaken-identity thriller ultimately grabs hold and beguiles, though its convoluted plot takes a while to get going.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Some of what occurs in Lucky Number Slevin is done with a wink and a nod, although McGuinan (á là Tarantino) doesn't skimp on the gore.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    The film is stylish as hell with sharp dialogue, a tongue-in-cheek plot and visual and editing razzle-dazzle.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Richard Schickel

    The story never runs completely off the rails and is, in any event, just a pretext for a lot of very sharp badinage by Jason Smilovic--a screenwriter who would have been at home writing for Cary Grant--for yards of terrific movie acting and for some well-timed direction by Paul McGuigan.

    Time Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    A thriller that holds less interest - and less water - the more it reveals about what's actually going on.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    They almost got it really right with Lucky Number Slevin, but they also almost got it horribly wrong.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The most original thing about Lucky Number Slevin is that it lets Lucy Liu play a screwball heroine.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jeremy Mathews

    Unfortunately, director Paul McGuigan tries to make it all serious at the end, and this isn't the kind of story that should be taken seriously.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    From its sly, amused performances to its surreal comic book gloss to its artfully nervous camerawork, Lucky Number Slevin sustains the blasé tone and look of a smart-aleck thriller that buries its heart under layers of attitude.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Thoroughly -- and sometimes justifiably -- infatuated with its own cleverness, this mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    It's the soulless quality of so many films that value devious plots, smug deception and quirky personality traits over actual story and character.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Features lots of cool dialogue but doesn't provide much of a movie in which to showcase it.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    It's all superficially enjoyable, right up to the point where the big picture starts coming into focus and it's not worth looking anymore.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    If "Pulp Fiction" impregnated "The Usual Suspects," the spawn would look a lot like Lucky Number Slevin. Great genes, but you keep wondering when the kid is going to grow up and find an identity of his own.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Too clever by half. It's the worst kind of con: It tells us it's a con, so we don't even have the consolation of being led down the garden path.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Comes packed with so many plot twists and reversals, there's barely any room left over for a story: The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A smug, deliberately convoluted mix tape of Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Guy Ritchie and Hitchcock with (mostly) a cast to die for, Lucky Number Slevin is great fun for, say, 20 minutes.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Overwritten, over-designed, and too clever by 200 percent, the film does offer the pleasure of actors enjoying themselves.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The proverbial seems awfully pale here. Fans of Q.T. will find it patently derivative. Fans of Elmore will find it, well, El-less.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Danny Aiello and Robert Forster also turn up in tiny roles that further serve to distract attention from the real business at hand.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    With its wiry twists and turns, ends up buckling under the weight of its own cleverness.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The pretzeled syntax is fun for a while. But as the holes are filled in, the film stands revealed as just another vacuous revenge picture. It shrinks your perception of what movies can do.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Cursed--but ironically!--with stomach-churning '60s decor, Slevin might round off in Park Chanwook country, but the lingering sense of it is as an amusement park for the actors, who are as infectiously overjoyed for the bouncy badinage as preschoolers on Christmas morning. Like tired parents, our enjoyment is primarily vicarious.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    Lucky Number Slevin is an attempted cinematic sleight-of-hand that has its moments, but is finally just plain annoying, wearing its influences too broadly on its sleeve.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    There's just too much death, it comes too quickly, it has no moral import, it becomes ultimately meaningless. It's not that hyper-violent movies are axiomatically a bad thing, it's just that this particular example is so laden with shootings that it becomes somehow tedious.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Lucky Number Slevin is a bag of nerves. Everything here is too much. The older the actors, the saltier the ham of their performances.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Another drearily sadistic and pointless crime thriller.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Is Josh Hartnett attracted to cinematic bombs, or do movies merely self-destruct once he signs on as the leading man?

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Weinstein Co. honchos Bob and Harvey are chasing some of the old "Pulp Fiction" magic--and failing not only miserably, but kind of disgustingly.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Declarative sentences are as scarce as detectable feelings in this stylish, emptyish thriller -- it's Tarantino with the vital juices left out.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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