Lucky Break Reviews

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August 8, 2005
November 7, 2003
Well, this is definitely a disappointment.
December 28, 2002
If you adored The Full Monty so resoundingly that you're dying to see the same old thing in a tired old setting, then this should keep you reasonably entertained.
October 21, 2002
The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.
September 18, 2002
July 20, 2002
The formulaic script, stocked with not one truly menacing inmate, echoes far too many sentimental post-Full Monty imports.
May 31, 2002
A prison comedy that never really busts out of its comfy little cell.
May 17, 2002
If The Full Monty was a freshman fluke, Lucky Break is [Cattaneo] sophomore slump.
April 24, 2002
Nothing more than a widget cranked out on an assembly line to see if stupid Americans will get a kick out of goofy Brits with cute accents performing ages-old slapstick and unfunny tricks.
April 19, 2002
While we can forgive Cattaneo for succumbing to temptation, we must also damn him and screenwriter Ronan Bennett (Face) for failing to attempt to improve on the original idea.
April 19, 2002
The intent is almost exactly the same [as The Full Monty]. All that's missing is the spontaneity, originality and delight.
April 19, 2002
A pleasant effort that doesn't hit any of its targets.
April 19, 2002
Even if it ultimately disappoints, the picture does have about a matinee admission's worth of funny to keep it afloat.
April 12, 2002
April 7, 2002
Whatever satire Lucky Break was aiming for, it certainly got lost in the "soon-to-be-forgettable" section of the quirky rip-off prison romp pile. It's petty thievery like this that puts flimsy flicks like this behind bars
April 5, 2002
Cattaneo reworks the formula that made The Full Monty a smashing success ... but neglects to add the magic that made it all work.
April 5, 2002
There's certainly a reheated quality -- think leftover Spam loaf -- that perfumes Lucky Break.
April 5, 2002
Suffers from over-familiarity since hit-hungry British filmmakers have strip-mined the Monty formula mercilessly since 1997.
April 5, 2002
Lucky Break is perfectly inoffensive and harmless, but it's also drab and inert.
April 4, 2002
Forced, familiar and thoroughly condescending.
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