75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is more than the story of soldiers grappling with stress and doubt as they reenter the "normal" flow of domestic life. It's about strangers bonding, about friendship and discovery, about the comedy and tragedy of the human experience.
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75

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
This movie has its own emotional sorcery. In a raw, humorous way, it grasps how hope and desperation spur magical thinking and, sometimes, real magic.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This formula is fraught with pitfalls, but the characters and the actors redeem it with a surprising emotional impact.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Lucky Ones isn't dull, and the actors do quite nicely, especially McAdams, who's feisty, gorgeous, and as mercurial as a mood ring.
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63

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
An entertaining road movie with a topical point: The three passengers on this cross-country trip are U.S. soldiers who've just returned from Iraq.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As close as a movie about three Iraq war soldiers should come to mediocre TV comedy.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Though the lead performances are uniformly good, the film seems hazy in its focus from the start. Many of the scenes seem to simply meander.
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55

NPR

By Bob Mondello
There's something centrally pat and predictable about the coincidence-laden story, and by the time they get to Vegas, The Lucky Ones has been all but done in by a surfeit of serendipity.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
As the film meanders, the powerful moments barely outnumber the ridiculous. And another excellent performance from McAdams isn't quite good enough to mask the distractions.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

This moderately engaging, offbeat film requires a patience that audiences haven't demonstrated recently for stories concerning the fate of soldiers at home or abroad.
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53 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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