The Lucky One
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U.S. Marine Sergeant Logan Thibault (Efron) returns from his third tour of duty in Iraq, with the one thing he credits with keeping him alive--a photograph he found of a woman he doesn't even know. Learning her name is Beth (Schilling) and where she lives, he shows up at her door, and ends up taking a job at her family-run local kennel. Despite her initial mistrust and the complications in her life, a romance develops between them, giving Logan hope that Beth could be much more than his good luck charm. -- (C) Warner Bros

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 20%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even taken as simple schmaltz, 'The Lucky One' lacks the romantic impact of the adaptation of Sparks's 'The Notebook' or even the Channing Tatum-starrer 'Dear John'."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"There's not much to the movie besides handsome sets, sun-dappled photography and a plot as predictable as the verse in a Hallmark card."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"How bad is this Zac attack? Well, let's just say I'm convinced director Scott Hicks opted to render his buff-and-scruffy star the strong, silent type just to keep Efron from opening his mouth."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"A pretty to look at but emotionally void film that does no favours for its otherwise lovely lead actors."
‑ Kristal Cooper, We Got This Covered
"If you are inclined to say, 'they had me at Zac Efron' then the hunky actor and his scene-stealing boxer briefs will likely make any logic in this screenplay superfluous."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
"As long as Efron's shirt comes off, he could play an accountant and no one in the target audience would care."
‑ Tal Rosenberg, Chicago Reader
"[Hicks] hits the beats - lonely woman, hunky stranger - without bothering to develop even the slightest depth."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Falling victim to his source material, Hicks fails to invest it with any sort of edge, rendering the cinematic version as mawkish and saccharine as Sparks' bloated prose."
‑ Cara Nash, FILMINK (Australia)
"The movie follows the Sparks formula so precisely, you could write out every detail of the plot just from watching the trailer."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"There is not one real, natural, or genuine second in this movie. It's a standard, stock romance that felt more like the filmmakers were completing a checklist of "romantic drama" story cliches, than telling an actual story"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Well-acted schmaltz with some gaping plot holes."
‑ Richard Roeper, Richard
"The overheated eroticism could have at least made for a camp classic, but the film's chilling narcissism ultimately makes for a pleasureless fantasy."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Even within the company of recent Sparks releases like this year's 'The Vow', 'The Lucky One' comes across as a two-dimensional cartoon masquerading as heartfelt human interaction."
‑ Mark Clark, What Culture
"If you're after a high-quality weepie, this superbly crafted romantic melodrama from director Scott Hicks (Shine; The Boys Are Back) and novelist Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook; Dear John) will drain your tear ducts."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Unfortunately, this film will only appeal to those on date night or diehard Sparks fans."
‑ Christine N. Ziemba, Paste Magazine
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