The Lucky One

The Lucky One

The Lucky One

Zac Efron stars in this adaptation of the bestselling romance novel by Nicholas Sparks, author of  The Notebook.

On his third tour of duty in Iraq, Logan (Efron) avoids a fatal incident after finding a mysterious photograph of a woman he’s never met. Crediting the photo for keeping him alive, he returns home and travels to North Carolina with the hope of meeting her.

2012Rating: M, contains violence & sex scenes101 minsUSA
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The Lucky One / Reviews

Variety

Variety

When a novel gives you soapsuds and washboard abs to work with, what other choice does a director have but to provide the most aesthetically pleasing actors, scenery and sets to disguise the thinness of the underlying material.

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Time Out

Time Out

Question: What's the only thing worse than doing an unfaithful film adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks novel? Answer: Doing a completely faithful one.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

As a person who removes a woman's clothing in the half light of a Southern afternoon, Efron acquits himself reasonably well.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The Lucky One is at its heart a romance novel, elevated however by Nicholas Sparks' persuasive storytelling.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Embalming the simple and simplistic yarn in an amber glow that is all but suffocating and banishing from it any traces of humor and spontaneity, director Scott Hicks serves up this treacly tale with absolutely no trace of self-consciousness about the material's cliches or simple-mindedness.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

The Lucky One doesn't have the schlock rapture of "The Notebook" (the one Sparks adaptation that has really worked). The trouble with the movie isn't that it's too girly-swoony; it's that it tries to achieve emotion through glowy sunsets and a paint-by-numbers script.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

As a pretty, low-stakes bayou romance The Lucky One works well enough. When asked to carry any kind of dramatic weight, however, it collapses.

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