Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Lucky Bastard is a bold little thriller — and deft cautionary tale.
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Village Voice

By Rob Staeger
The film is most successful when humanizing the people behind the objectification, with lives beyond the smut.
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Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
The performances, especially from the bed partners, are complex; even if you weren’t wanting for an exposé of adult-entertainment violence, here it is.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Less exploitative and a bit smarter than its seedy adult-film setting would suggest, the shoestring-budgeted film is nevertheless a niche outing that will rely on a stunty premise to attract voyeurs to its debut this Valentine's Day.
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Slant Magazine

By Drew Hunt
In the end, considering the numerous ways the film goes limp, it seems credibility still eludes the found-footage genre.
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The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Robert Nathan’s Lucky Bastard is a sorry-looking found-footage thriller as unconvincing as its characters’ thrashing orgasms.
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A new low for found-footage films, Lucky Bastard uses a porno shoot as the stage for a thriller with little mystery and lots of pointless moralizing.
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New York Post

By Sara Stewart
No amount of actorly dedication can change the pointlessness of watching unpleasant things happening to uniformly unpleasant people.
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The Dissolve

By Scott Tobias
Lucky Bastard mostly combines the worst of all worlds: the less-clever-than-it-thinks script of old-school porn, the piercing brightness and flatness of video production, an especially lackluster rendering of the played-out found-footage horror concept.
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36 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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