75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
A relaxed-looking expert piece that immerses us in another world. At the end, Hanson has a bonus. He and his producers hired Bob Dylan for the Oscar-winning "Things Have Changed" in "Wonder Boys," and Hanson brings Dylan back here, for a folky, bluesy number called "Huck's Tune."
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75

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A well-acted character piece.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The compelling and interesting aspect of Lucky You is not so much the compulsion that drives the main character but the way in which he interacts with those around him. The movie isn't a downer, but neither does it end with all loose ends nicely tied off. In this case, redemption does not equate with salvation.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Playing the character with this much girlish innocence is risky. Barrymore can seem dumb, but as Lucky You unfolds, we realize that the character is just a device to bring viewers into the parallel universe of poker.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Starts off promisingly, then grows as lifeless as a poker face.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
I watched this movie thinking that it used the idea of taking a chance on cards as a metaphor for taking a chance on love. I was dead wrong.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is that most of the picture plays out as a series of scenes in which our hero sits there, gets angry and loses all his money.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Poker has proven itself a popular spectator sport on television -- at least in the short run -- but as scripted drama, where you can pretty much guess the winner of a given hand, it's dull, dull, dull.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Perhaps this is just a bad performance by Bana; he's not shown me anything yet. But there's a more basic problem. If money is just a way of keeping score, and Huck doesn't care whether he's flush or busted, why should we?
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33

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Really, all this movie is about is the joy of checks, calls, folds, rivers, and the acquired thrill of knowing what those words mean.
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49 out of 100
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