Lucky Break
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The first feature by director Peter Cattaneo since his award-winning British smash hit The Full Monty, Lucky Break is another comedy in the same mold, this time taking place in prison. Small-time crooks Jimmy (James Nesbitt) and Rudy (Lennie James), after years of no success, decide to pull a bank job, where they are both captured and incarcerated. Jimmy is then transferred to Long Rudford, run by the steely security chief Perry (Ron Cook). Jimmy again runs into Rudy (whom he left to take the initial rap) and shares a cell with Cliff (Timothy Spall), a portly man prone to depression. The… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump."
‑ John Patterson, L.A. Weekly
"It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"If you adored The Full Monty so resoundingly that you're dying to see the same old thing in a tired old setting, then this should keep you reasonably entertained."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"...an adorably whimsical comedy that deserves more than a passing twinkle."
‑ Elias Savada, Nitrate Online
"A bit of jailhouse schlock, sure, but you'll enjoy doing the time."
‑ , E! Online
"The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports."
‑ Loren King, Chicago Tribune
"A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Overall, it's good, not great. This is a pleasant enough but small English romantic comedy."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Nothing more than a widget cranked out on an assembly line to see if stupid Americans will get a kick out of goofy Brits with cute accents performing ages-old slapstick and unfunny tricks."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Even if it ultimately disappoints, the picture does have about a matinee admission's worth of funny to keep it afloat."
‑ Rob Blackwelder, SPLICEDWire
"A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"Well, this is definitely a disappointment."
‑ Eric Lurio, Greenwich Village Gazette
"If The Full Monty was a freshman fluke, Lucky Break is [Cattaneo] sophomore slump."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The intent is almost exactly the same [as The Full Monty]. All that's missing is the spontaneity, originality and delight."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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