The Lucky Ones
The Lucky Ones (2008)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: September 26, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Lucky Ones features heartfelt performances, but is undone by the plot's overwrought parade of coincidence and contrivance.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

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.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

McAdams and Peña are affectingly vulnerable, while Robbins convinces as a family man with strong paternal instincts.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A cautious but strained apolitical Iraqi War drama.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

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.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The Lucky Ones has plenty of heart and courage. If it only had a brain ...

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Martin Tsai
Critic's Notebook

Mostly everything in the film, regardless of how contrived the set up, eventually rings true.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

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.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

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.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Their real, unstated missions are more in the nature of relocating their souls and finding some elusive peace of mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 54% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Lucky Ones is one of those movies that surprised me, the trailer looked good, and it was a film that exceeded my expectations. Reading some of the reviews,… More
Dean McKenna
Interesting story of three soldiers (Tim Robbins, Michael Peña and Rachael McAdams) return home from Iraq; two on leave for 30 days, the other out for good. The… More
Cynthia S.
Good movie. Not the fastest moving drama, but just the right amount of things going on the keep my interest. Watching these three soldiers go through so many… More
Nicki Marie
I have come to the conclusion that I would need to be living in America to fully appreciate this one. The acting in this is great and you have three characters… More
Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins, Michael Pena After suffering an injury during a routine patrol, hardened sergeant TK Poole (Peña) is granted a one-month leave… More
Manu Gino
A very different scenario changing movie with 3 lives colliding at the same time with one thing in common: army. After suffering an injury during a routine… More