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A woman, accidentally caught in a dark deal, turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Actors: Scarlett Johansson , Morgan Freeman , Choi Min-sik , Amr Waked , Julian Rhind-Tutt , Pilou Asbæk , Analeigh Tipton , Nicolas Phongpheth , Jan Oliver Schroeder , Luca Angeletti , Min-sik Choi
Directors: Luc Besson
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2014-07-25
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  • Richard Corliss

    The summer’s best, coolest, juiciest, smartest action movie.

    Time Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    It's gleefully bold, visually adventurous, often funny, strikingly concise — the whole heart-pounding tale is over in 90 minutes — and 100% entertaining.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    It comes across, instead, as a directorial flight of fancy, an imaginatively goofy take on an already goofy idea, exaggerated by Besson’s blunt style and an uncommonly fast pace.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Gabe Toro

    It's basically the perfect summer movie, because it's designed to be.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Kate Stables

    Besson is at his balls-out bonkers best in this genre-scrambling, mind-expanding exhilarator.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Ben Nicholson

    This undeniably silly, but raucously entertaining, off-the-wall transhumanist actioner is an absolute riot.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It’s the blockbuster of the summer.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Lucy is insane, makes very little sense, doesn't stand up to scrutiny and is an absolute blast.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Louis Black

    The best comic-book movie in a long time, though based on no comic, Lucy is a film that mates classic Besson with Quentin Tarantino in a go at the mystical, world-solving vision found in Stanley Kubrick’s "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Terrence Malick’s "The Tree of Life."

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    What Johansson does in Lucy won't win her any prizes, but it establishes her ability to carry a movie that has some ideas, however half-baked, and has nothing to do with her obvious sex appeal.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    When it comes to sheer comic-book fun, few summer movies deliver a more consistent, satisfying, thoroughly enjoyable shot of cinematic jouissance than the delightfully adventurous actress Scarlett Johansson's latest bit of strange, Lucy.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Like many films by Besson — "The Professional," "The Fifth Element," "The Messenger" and other high-octane shoot-'em-ups — Lucy starts out riveting but becomes less engaging as it goes along. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Lucy is what a superhero movie might look like if developed by Spike Jonze and/or Michael Gondry.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Scarlett Johansson is ideally cast as a rapidly evolving kick-ass hero in Lucy, a stylish action thriller that is equal parts dazzling and ludicrous.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It’s all ridiculous and enjoyable, and at the movie’s center is an actress creatively guessing at what omniscience might feel like.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A full-out action movie - and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    In a captivating climax, the movie turns attractively freaky, though somewhat marred by cheesy special effects, and there’s a huge debt to the immense leaps of “2001.” An abrupt ending feels frustrating and leaves questions floating in space. Then again, I’m using only 3 to 5 percent of my capacity, so what do I know?

    New York Post Full Review
  • Jeff Labrecque

    By the time the film exhausts itself—in a brisk 89 minutes — it feels like there's literally nowhere that Lucy and Besson can't go, no boundaries, no laws, no logic. Just go with it.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Abhimanyu Das

    Vulgar auteurist Luc Besson finally commits wholeheartedly to his decades-long preoccupation with waifish young women discovering their inner Shiva, spinning the concept out to its most delirious possible extremes.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    An outlandishly entertaining mixture of high silliness and high style.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    There are a number of terrific production numbers in Lucy, basically violent action scenes that border on slapstick, and as long as we agree in advance that the “science” in this movie goes beyond pseudo into total B.S., I believe you will leave satisfied. Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Buoyed by Ms. Johansson’s presence, Mr. Besson keeps his entertainment machine purring. He may be a hack, but he’s also a reliable entertainer.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability.

    Variety Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Lucy doesn't hold together, but with its flashy innovation, Besson's trying to freshen the formula. It's the kind of freewheeling mess of a movie you wish studios would try out more often.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Lucy, you may have twigged, is named after our 3.2-million-year-old hominid ancestor.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Although Besson, the director of “La Femme Nikita” and the producer of “Taken,” indulges in some operatic violence, the film is more spacey than pacey.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Besson’s script may let her (and Freeman) down in the third act, but the 89 minute long Lucy is so brisk it’ll give you whiplash. Even marginal thrillers benefit from a director and star who have a sense of urgency and are as hellbent as this on not overstaying their welcome.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    This ridiculous, highly watchable, at points startlingly psychedelic action thriller is probably Luc Besson’s best film since ‘Léon’ (which isn’t saying a great deal).

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    What begins as a thrilling pastiche of comic-book formula gets bogged down in its own scientific prattle — not that you ever stop adoring Johansson’s magnificent heroine.

    Empire Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Lucy earns points for its unpredictable treatment of its vaguely superhero-ish premise and an appealing silliness, but it struggles to match wits with the genius at its center.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    The end of the movie goes completely off the rails, but in a way that is charming in its stupidity.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Whether you take to it will depend on whether you consider “high-octane” or “nonsense” the more important word.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    There are moments of real wonder and even beauty amidst the slam and the bang and the big bada boom, and while Lucy is a mixed bag, it's been mixed by a master, and it is delightfully, happily insane.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Kate Erbland

    Even Besson’s most bold choices – and this is a film that goes weird, and then just keeps getting weirder – don’t seem so revolutionary when packaged in such well-tread trappings and increasingly shoddy writing. Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    I know we’re supposed to think that Besson’s daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored. It didn’t help that Morgan Freeman shows up as a brainy scientist explaining everything to us in his deepest intonations. When was the last time Freeman, a great actor, really acted?

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    An entertainment choice I wouldn’t recommend, but one you might not regret if you dial your expectations down (or your drug intake up).

    Slate Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    When everything and anything is possible, nothing feels urgent or truly dramatic. The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The junk in Lucy doesn't entirely eclipse the moments when weird is fun.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Remember "Limitless," the 2011 thriller in which Bradley Cooper becomes a whirling killer dervish from a drug that lets him access 100 percent of his brain? Well, Lucy is basically the same movie with Scarlett Johansson in the Cooper role. It's not a good trade-off.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    Lucy is a confounding experience, but at a brisk 85 or so minutes, it manages not to outstay its welcome. Those not enamored of Besson's particular brand of Euro-schlock grindhouse existentialism, however, may find their brains more stimulated elsewhere.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    A brazenly mindless thriller about the infinite capacities of the human brain. That said, sometimes we just want to shut down and give in to bombastic summer entertainment. In that regard, as usual, Besson delivers.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    There's enough mumbo jumbo about space and time and cellular division to allow Lucy to feign depth, but what lingers is Besson's regressive belief that even the most intelligent woman on earth can't figure out how to get her way without a miniskirt and a gun.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Lucy plays more like a big dumb superhero flick than sci-fi.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The funny thing about all these sub-"Matrix" shenanigans is that they’re genuinely meant to stoke thought and reflection. Frankly, though, few movies have left me feeling as shorn of gray matter.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Besson has always demonstrated the ability to chuckle at the madness of his own material, and he provides some solid laughs from time to time. But these winks do nothing to erase the reality of a plot that becomes unintentionally hilarious.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
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