The Bucket List
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Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest in director Rob Reiner's seriocomic road movie. Edward Cole (Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who is currently sharing a hospital room with blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman). Though initially the pair seems to have nothing in common, conversation gradually reveals that both men have a long list of goals they wish to accomplish before they kick the bucket, and an unrealized desire to discover what kind of men they… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"You get the performances you expect from these two great stars, which lift this story mercifully but marginally above its meager content."
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"There are certainly worse ways to spend the holiday season than in the company of two charming old actors, being reminded that human companionship makes life worth living, even as it makes dying a little tougher."
‑ Noel Murray, AV Club
"Meehl's gentle handling of her subject and her unobstrusive, observational camera work make this a delightful and touching experience."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"...contrived and forced, almost begging the audience to pull out the hankie."
‑ JimmyO, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"This movie has the same level of false, mediocre level of entertainment as the movie WILD HOGS. If you liked that one, then you might like this. But I despise both."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"The Bucket List's craft is as impeccable as moviemaking technique and computer tricks can be. But boiled into a formula that is sometimes cloying and sweet, the movie is nonetheless a lazy low-grade product."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"Cheap and flimsy."
‑ Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"Whilst this remains reasonably captivating for its first hour, it kinda runs out of steam after that..."
‑ Dominic Corry,
"An endearing film that will bring you to tears and have you cherishing every relationship and day you have."
‑ Jolene Mendez, Entertainment Spectrum
"...sentimental, simplistic, and almost shamefully manipulative, yet I found it absolutely charming."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The movie is caught in the crossfire of its two missions -- to celebrate the universal things that "really matter" in life (friendship, family) and to celebrate what it means to live like Jack Nicholson."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Not every film about death needs a bald Swede and a game of chess: Sometimes, the sky-diving's enough."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"A modestly uplifting, and at-times poignant, buddy comedy that manages to make the most of the worst of situations."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"...a hopelessly uneven endeavor that's ultimately felled by a lamentable emphasis on heavy-handed bursts of schmaltziness."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"No Grumpy Old Men these two, as Nicholson's over-the hill sex machine billionaire with his serial quickies on demand, and Freeman's egghead underachiever spar with the Grim Reaper. Two Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
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