The Lucky Ones Synopsis
Three soldiers bond during an unexpected road trip across the country.
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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...
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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,...
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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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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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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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The Hollywood Reporter

This moderately engaging, offbeat film requires a patience that audiences haven't demonstrated recently for stories concerning the fate of...
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'The Lucky Ones' need more than just luck. GRADE: C-plus

Last night, I attended the advance press screening of this movie by director/screenwriter Neil Burger (The Illusionist). This is a cute charming engaging movie starring a very strong cast. Rachel...

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By mrangelmsd
I thought it was going to be a boring movie, but it was actually excellent and with a very believable story. I was glad I went to see it. The acting is excellent - it's funny but at the same time...

Boring I guess

By DemDot
This movie although had a very good casting agent but also had a very boring writer other than that it was ok...

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By onlyoneofus
A poignant image of three disconnected soldiers home on leave. Tastefully handled, very human....

Excellent Entertainment

By Mothergomez
I was expecting more of a war drama. This was more of a light drama even with the realities of returning from war, then crossing country stuck in a van with three strangers and how they come together...

No So Lucky Here

By jmccloy77
Well, i thought this movie would have been better. It wasn't terrible. Just thought it would have been a little more funny. The Cast was great. The 3 actors had good chemistry with one another. The...


By silvaadriana
NICE, SIMPLE & MOVING FILM!!!!! Unpretencious and very well played! It's not a movie that you will remember forever, but it's a nice 2 hrs enterteinment for sure well payd....

got lucky mtrucker

By moviesigogo
wasnt looking for a real heavy themed movie enjoyed it liked the theme...

Neat movie.

By Bunnyboo67
Gave me a new found respect for our troops. As a civilian I know little about what they go through though I have friends who have served. This is a must see....

The Lucky Ones - Friendship on the Road

By redbisons
The 3 leads are wonderful actors at the top of their game. The characters are people you want to be stuck in a van on the road with. A terrific, charming relationship movie. The film offers a...

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Rated R | For language and some sexual content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting.
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