Better Luck Tomorrow
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A group of unlikely high school students take up crime as an extracurricular activity in this independent drama. Ben (Parry Shen) is a 16-year-old high school student who is the living embodiment of the stereotypical Asian overachiever. Ben obsessively studies even though he gets straight A's, takes part in a dizzying variety of school activities and community volunteer work, which he thinks will look good on his resume to colleges, and is even a member of the basketball team, even though he spends most of the season riding the pine. Ben also hopes being part of the team will help him win… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Better Luck Tomorrow, a corrosive, insightful study of the pressure-packed lives of suburban high school students, brings a new variant to gangster movies: gangsters with perfect SAT scores."
‑ Ben Nuckols, Associated Press
"Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot."
‑ , Time Out
"Justin Lin succeeds in shocking audiences with a story that breaks the mold..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Has an optimistic outlook that uses pessimistic results in a manner fitting for a film of such solid morality."
‑ Wesley Lovell, Apollo Guide
"Justin Lin’s biggest accomplishment is providing a stereotype-shattering insiders’ view of the angst and rage of a group of Asian teenagers ..."
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
"Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"MTV (which bought this movie out of Sundance) believes the target audience to be high school and college students. I would argue that it's anyone in search of a well-made, thought-provoking motion picture."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Intriguing but dramatically thin."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"Um filme do qual Martin Scorsese pode se orgulhar."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"[I]f the story has some rough edges, well, it's a first film."
‑ Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette
"A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"If this is what Lin can do for the Hollywood equivalent of pocket change, we can't wait to see what's possible when he has an actual budget at his disposal."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Incisive [and] cautionary."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"You could have replaced everyone in this movie with the cast of some lily-white show like Dawson's Creek and nobody would notice the difference."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Doesn't settle for easy thriller plot twists."
‑ Mark Robison, Reno Gazette-Journal
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