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Lucky Number Slevin Review Critics


Dave White Profile

… Tarantino-wannabe-ishness. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Declarative sentences are as scarce as detectable feelings in this stylish, emptyish thriller -- it's Tarantino with the vital juices left out.

  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A thriller that holds less interest - and less water - the more it reveals about what's actually going on.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The film is stylish as hell with sharp dialogue, a tongue-in-cheek plot and visual and editing razzle-dazzle.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This pop-culture-infused mistaken-identity thriller ultimately grabs hold and beguiles, though its convoluted plot takes a while to get going.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The talk is witty, the twists are ingenious, the look and the mood are drop-dead.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Smug and violent caper movie isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie includes multiple violent scenes (shooting, neck- and nose-breaking, fighting, knifing, smothering in plastic wrap), as well as one flashback where a young boy sees his father killed by a hitman (the shooting is off-screen, the boy's stunned and frightened reaction is visible). Most characters are professional thugs and killers, gamblers, and con-men. One female character works in a morgue, where a burned corpse is visible (close-up of the grisly arm). Characters curse frequently, drink occasionally, and a few scenes display or insinuate sexual activity. None of the characters provides an admirable role model; some are cleverer than others.

  • Families can talk about the strong bond between the father-figure and his protégé. You might also discuss the risks of gambling (on anything), and the suggestion here that a "sure thing" (like the central, meticulously detailed revenge plot) might be possible. What do you make of Schlomo's assertion that "People are never happy with what they have, they want what they had or what somebody else has"?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Heroes are assassins, gamblers, and cheats who outsmart mob bosses.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Includes frequent killings and beatings (knifings, shootings, nose-breaking, neck-breaking, punching faces and stomachs, poisoning); opens with a man shot in his car (windows break, blood splatters); a horse takes a bad spill on a track; a woman is shot offscreen (you see blood splatter); a boy witnesses his dad's execution (you see blood on car windshield); a man is shot from a rooftop; explosion; dead, bloody bodies; Lindsey works in a morgue and so deals with dead bodies (one is grotesquely burned).

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two sex scenes; Lindsey accidentally sees Slevin's penis (though we don't -- her reaction is our focus); Slevin and Lindsey chatting, post-sex, in bed; flashback shows two gay men meeting secretly; verbal references to "hand job," "fine ass," "t--s."

  • language false5

    Language: Frequent use of the f-word (30 or so instances); some sexual slang; several uses of s-word, "ass," and "hell," one "damn," pejoratives for gay men ("fairy").

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink in social situations.