Lucky Break Reviews

October 21, 2002
The end result is like cold porridge with only the odd enjoyably chewy lump.
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 13, 2002
It's what the Brits themselves might call fair to middling.
April 24, 2002
A pleasing but routine British comedy set in an English prison.
April 24, 2002
No worse a film than Breaking Out, and Breaking Out was utterly charming.
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
A pleasant effort that doesn't hit any of its targets.
April 19, 2002
The movie has a raffish charm and good-hearted characters, and like The Full Monty it makes good use of the desperation beneath the comedy.
April 9, 2002
Mike Leigh mainstay Timothy Spall deftly shades in the designated goner, fellow Still Crazy alum Bill Nighy is sweetly wispy as the capable fop, and anger-management counselor Olivia Williams trembles pleasantly as usual.
April 8, 2002
Not as good as The Full Monty, but a really strong second effort.
April 5, 2002
There's certainly a reheated quality -- think leftover Spam loaf -- that perfumes Lucky Break.
April 5, 2002
Lightly reflective and consistently entertaining, Lucky Break is an easy-to-take diversion.
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.
April 4, 2002
A negligible British comedy.
September 14, 2001
An enjoyable, funny, well-performed comedy with an appealingly old-fashioned feel.
August 20, 2001
Where the film falters is in its tone.