The Lucky Ones
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When three very different U.S. soldiers find themselves on an unplanned road trip across America, they form a deep bond that may be the closest thing any of them has to real family. T.K. Poole, Colee Dunn and Fred Cheever arrive in New York from Germany only to find their connecting flights canceled due to a power outage. Anxious to get to their respective destinations, they agree to share a rented minivan to suburban St. Louis where Cheever is to reunite with his wife and teenage son. From there, the other two plan to fly to Las Vegas where the macho T.K. wants to make an important stop… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

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"The Iraq war has thus far produced no truly memorable dramatic movies, as opposed to documentaries, and the losing streak continues with The Lucky Ones."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"McAdams and Peña are affectingly vulnerable, while Robbins convinces as a family man with strong paternal instincts."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"Their real, unstated missions are more in the nature of relocating their souls and finding some elusive peace of mind."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"It feels like the writers were trying for dialogue that sounded natural and improvisational. Instead, it feels scripted and rehearsed. It's all phony balony!"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"War/road trip dramedy is cliched but affecting."
‑ S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
"This is not the worst of the Iraq-themed movies of the past few years, and it's possibly the best acted of any of them. But you wish the bonding of these three people wasn't diluted by the trite scenarios and artificial circumstances of their saga."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The Lucky Ones has plenty of heart and courage. If it only had a brain ..."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"... captures the manner in which both the smallest and largest events on a road trip can build a sense of camaraderie among three strangers with very little in common."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Ultimately I was left without any clear notion as to what was being said through the film and why."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The direction is functional, workmanlike; Burger never steals the spotlight from his characters."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"As they hit the road, the scenes play out like TV sitcom vignettes with little holding the centre together. We find out details about the characters lives, but never feel we know them."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Like its lead characters, Lucky is wounded, lost, and impractical, but it has a messy, winning humanity and an agreeably leisurely pace that almost redeems it."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"If not for the warmth and likability of its characters and those playing them, The Lucky Ones would be a tiresome formula picture."
‑ David Cornelius,
"In this interview, The Lucky Ones director Neil Burger speaks about understanding the modern soldier, his surprising casting choice of anti-war activist Tim Robbins as a veteran and why he relates the story while the Iraq conflict continues."
‑ Adam Fendelman,
"The biggest disappointment is in this script, written by Dirk Wittenborn and Neil Burger who gave us the delightful Illusionistin 2006."
‑ Diana Saenger,
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