Better Luck Tomorrow
Better Luck Tomorrow (2002)

A group of unlikely high school students take up crime as an extracurricular activity in this independent drama. Ben (Parry Shen) is a 16-year-old high school student who is the living embodiment of the stereotypical Asian overachiever. Ben… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 11, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A promising work by Lin, the energetic Better Luck Tomorrow is disturbing and thought-provoking.

Ben Nuckols
Associated Press

Better Luck Tomorrow, a corrosive, insightful study of the pressure-packed lives of suburban high school students, brings a new variant to gangster movies: gangsters with perfect SAT scores.

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Time Out

Spends more time avoiding Asian-American stereotypes than it does making sense of its characters and plot.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Justin Lin succeeds in shocking audiences with a story that breaks the mold...

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Better Luck Tomorrow breathes new life into a familiar story: coming of age in high school.

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James Berardinelli

MTV (which bought this movie out of Sundance) believes the target audience to be high school and college students. I would argue that it's anyone in search of a well-made, thought-provoking motion picture.

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Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Intriguing but dramatically thin.

Todd McCarthy

A enerally absorbing look at a slice of society normally taken for granted, both in life and onscreen.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

If this is what Lin can do for the Hollywood equivalent of pocket change, we can't wait to see what's possible when he has an actual budget at his disposal.

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Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Incisive [and] cautionary.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
This was Justin Lin's first time directing a feature alone, and I must say, "Better Luck Tomorrow" has some of the most genius camerawork and… More
Chris Weber
Featuring a big influence from Scorsese, nods to Kids and The Basketball Diaries, and a refreshing take on familiarity, Justin Lin's debut Better Luck… More
Edward Boxler
Now this is how you make an independent movie! Completely original, trippy, and clever satire about Asian kids who can get away with anything as long as it… More
Arash Xak
"...But like everything else in life, you get sick of it."
paul sandberg
As the first film by director Lin, the title could be used for his next film, as this film shows that he has promise, but is still a bit rough around the edges.… More
Dean McKenna
Two thumbs up! Gripping, edgy and provocative film as what I think the gang are know as American-Asian <i>Trainspotting</i>.