The Lucky Ones
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Director Neil Burger's road movie The Lucky Ones stars Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Peña as three Iraq War veterans who take a road trip together. The trio meet on their way home from overseas with Fred Cheaver (Robbins) finishing his service once and for all, while the other two -- Colee Dunn (McAdams) and TK Poole (Peña) -- are about to enjoy 30 days of R and R. A blackout leads to the three renting a car together after their flight is indefinitely delayed, and driving from New York to Cheaver's home in St. Louis. Upon arrival, Cheaver learns that his wife wants a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"It gets so preoccupied with all the local color and colorful locals, that it forgets about the people on this journey -- or their ultimate destination."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"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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