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While lots of people dream of winning the lottery, one man hatches a more ambitious plan than just buying a ticket and hoping for the best in this satiric comedy. Russ Richards (John Travolta), a weatherman on a local TV station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, sells snowmobiles on the side, but both careers are in a rut thanks to an unusually warm winter. Russ's girlfriend Crystal (Lisa Kudrow) appears on the State Lottery's weekly televised drawing, pulling the numbered balls out of the rotating bin. With the help of a few of his less scrupulous friends - among them sleazy strip joint… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A visually unattractive picture of meager verve and dynamism."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Never finds the comic tone it's after."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"Not a great movie, and definitely not for kids."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Lucky Numbers" builds from a shaky first act and actually gets funnier as the tone gets darker."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"The colorful cast saves Travolta's hide this time around."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Travolta and Kudrow make a winning combination, and the result is mindless, instantly forgettable comic fluff that will engage you, given half a chance."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"It pretty much squanders the talents of everybody involved."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"With this dud of a dark comedy, it's clear that director Nora Ephron's unluckiest number is that of John Travolta."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"a black comedy that would have been much funnier and edgier if it hadn't been softened up to accomodate a star of Travolta's magnitude."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"does manage to possess an enjoyable tone, but often loses its focus and wonders off in so many directions, it's hard to keep up"
‑ Blake French, NutzWorld
"Tells too much story at not enough energy. It should have been cut back and cranked up."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A dark comedy in the muckraking mode that starts out murderously well but then begins to unravel -- just like Russ' misbegotten schemes."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The ping-pong ball trick was funny...but that was all."
‑ John Venable,
"About as lucky as a broken mirror."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
"In a brazen gamble that mixes a risky brew of raw indie humor with Hollywood feelgood fluff, Lucky Numbers plays a game with the expectations of both of these audiences."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Web Radio
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