• Released
  • April 11, 2003
  • R , 1 hr 41 min
  • Drama
  • 5 Fan Ratings
100

San Francisco Chronicle

By C.W. Nevius
In some ways, this is "The Graduate" gone to "Lord of the Flies."
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Not just a thriller, not just a social commentary, not just a comedy or a romance, but all of those in a clearly seen, brilliantly made film.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lin is a talent to watch. There's a sting to this film that gets to you.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Typically, movies aimed at teenage audiences have little concern for things like intelligent scripts, credible characters, and meaningful dialogue. Better Luck Tomorrow contains all three, making it a hugely rewarding experience.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
"Rebel Without a Cause" with a debate club, Better Luck Tomorrow is a sharp, smart slice of suburban angst among the high school overachiever set.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
What helps Lin's feature-directing debut is his insight into the dark side of living up to "model minority" stereotypes in a materialistic culture.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Lin works with a rhythmic observational flair that outweighs the movie's flaws. It's a long way from Long Duk Dong.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Well-crafted, Tarantino-esque story.
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50

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The crime isn't that the movie's message is amoral, but that it goes totally unexamined, as if the recess bell rang too early.
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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