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The Lucky One

Romance . Drama

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.

Actors: Russell Durham Comegys , Sharon Conley , Courtney J. Clark , Jillian Batherson , Joe Chrest , Riley Thomas Stewart , Jay R. Ferguson , Taylor Schilling , Blythe Danner , Zac Efron
Directors: Scott Hicks
Country: USA
Release: 2012-04-20
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  • Steven Rea

    Efron, who wears an "All glory is fleeting" tattoo on his back and a soulful look on his face, gets to be more of a grown-up in The Lucky One than in most of what he's done before.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    The most fortunate thing about The Lucky One is that despite a plot hole so big it could generate its own gravity field, it's still not a bad movie.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The Lucky One is at its heart a romance novel, elevated however by Nicholas Sparks' persuasive storytelling.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Lucky One delivers what's expected from it: a heartfelt romantic melodrama with attractive actors in the lead roles; gauzy, moody photography; a saccharine score; and all the heat that a PG-13 production can muster.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Emma Dibdin

    A through-and-through weepie that's unlikely to convert any Sparks naysayers. The darker hues of its war-based story nonetheless make the sugary excesses easier to swallow.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Efron's stopped-clock seriousness is more convincing on a melancholy loverboy than it is on a melancholy soldier. We can't quite sense the harrowing torment of lives lost before his eyes, but we can sense the sweet anguish of being around the woman you adore. It'll have to do.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The Sparks-styled romance has almost become its own movie genre - predictable, pure of heart, sentimental and never straying from the boy-meets-girl basics, or the surface, for that matter - and in that The Lucky One delivers.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alison Willmore

    The Lucky One aspires to but never reaches the grandly melodramatic heights of the über-Sparks adaptation "The Notebook," though a reconciliation embrace in an outdoor shower of some sort seems deliberately staged to evoke the earlier feature.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Tal Rosenberg

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

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    So the cliches are as thick as a vat of honey. And the love story proves just as syrupy. But for those who lap up this sappy vision of romance, it contains all the key ingredients.

    USA Today Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    When it sticks to its central flirtation, the latest movie based on a Nicholas Sparks romance, The Lucky One, is blandly pleasant enough.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Mary Pols

    As a person who removes a woman's clothing in the half light of a Southern afternoon, Efron acquits himself reasonably well.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The leads' chemistry in The Lucky One is more theoretical than actual. Still, the sunsets and sunrises and sunbeams through the windowpanes fall easily on the eyes.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    As a pretty, low-stakes bayou romance The Lucky One works well enough. When asked to carry any kind of dramatic weight, however, it collapses.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The Lucky One doesn't have the schlock rapture of "The Notebook" (the one Sparks adaptation that has really worked). 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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    At this point, Sparksian romances unfold via their own preordained formula, and measures of their merits largely hinge on how well each can bend the cookie-cutter.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Helen O'Hara

    "The Notebook" may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    As with its gooey, smoochy predecessors, The Lucky One is, beneath it all, a fairy-tale romance, just one with modern trappings.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The biggest problem, however, comes down to chemistry. If the leads have it, a Sparks romance will work.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Depending on how you feel about Zac Efron, he is either a sensitive hunk or an inexpressive hunk, but definitely a hunk. 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.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It's all just empty calories and little more than an excuse to watch Zac Efron play with puppies. It's nice, but for anyone who's too mature for Tiger Beat, it's not enough.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    The emotions are flat, predictable and forced when they ought to be romantic.

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    The chickiest flick you're likely to see this season. Depending on your taste in romantic fare, you'll either find it toe-curlingly dreamy or ploddingly predictable.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    When a novel gives you soapsuds and washboard abs to work with, what other choice does a director have but to provide the most aesthetically pleasing actors, scenery and sets to disguise the thinness of the underlying material.

    Variety Full Review
  • David Fear

    Question: What's the only thing worse than doing an unfaithful film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel? Answer: Doing a completely faithful one.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Rick Groen

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

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Director Scott Hicks lavishes good taste and sunsets on a story that - devoid of genuine tension, conflict or combustible chemistry between its two stars - just prettily sits there.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Seeing her (Schilling) and Efron fumble at each other is like watching a stick of butter and a bag of flour not turn into a cake.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    If realism is what you're after, you'll do better at "The Three Stooges." The Lucky One is where you will find death, redemption and kisses in the rain.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    No amount of neck nuzzling or back arching can make us believe there's real heat rising between these two. Onscreen chemistry between actors is a mysterious thing - 100 years into cinema, it remains the one story element that Hollywood can't fake.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Embalming the simple and simplistic yarn in an amber glow that is all but suffocating and banishing from it any traces of humor and spontaneity, director Scott Hicks serves up this treacly tale with absolutely no trace of self-consciousness about the material's cliches or simple-mindedness.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Amy Biancolli

    Supposedly he's suffered, supposedly there are demons lurking within, but guess what: This is a movie. If we can't see it, it's not there.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    I'm beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn't one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs. Occasionally they'll hit a winning combination, as in the Sparks novel "The Notebook." More often, you get eye-rollers like "The Lucky One."

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Is it the worst of the seven screen Sparks so far? Nope. My vote still goes to 2009's "The Last Song" with Miley Cyrus mothering those unhatched turtle eggs. But it's still pretty damn insufferable.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    Move along, guys. Nothing to see in The Lucky One, unless you're in the doghouse at home and need to make nice.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
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