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The Bucket List (2007)



Critic Consensus: Not even the earnest performances of the two leads can rescue The Bucket List from its schmaltzy script.

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Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star as two terminally ill cancer patients who decide to break out of the hospital and live their last days to the fullest in director Rob Reiner's seriocomic road movie. Edward Cole (Nicholson) is a corporate billionaire who is currently sharing a hospital room with blue-collar mechanic Carter Chambers (Freeman). Though initially the pair seems to have nothing in common, conversation gradually reveals that both men have a long list of goals they wish to accomplish before they kick the bucket, and an unrealized desire to discover what kind of men they really are. But one can't accomplish such lofty objectives from the confines of a hospital bed, so now, in order to live their lives to the absolute fullest, Edward and Carter will have to make a break for it. With a checklist that includes playing the poker tables in Monte Carlo, consuming copious amounts of caviar, racing the fastest machines on four wheels, and much more, these two terminally ill men will do their best to fit a lifetime of experience into their last remaining days while forging an unlikely, but truly remarkable, friendship. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Jack Nicholson
as Edward Perryman Cole
Morgan Freeman
as Carter Chambers
Sean Hayes
as Thomas
Beverly Todd
as Virginia Chambers
Rowena King
as Angelica
Rob Morrow
as Dr. Hollins
Frank Maharajh
as Sashi Olpadwala
Karen Maruyama
as Nurse Shing
Dawnn Lewis
as Flight Attendant
Taylor Ann Thompson
as Edward's Granddaughter
Angela Gardner
as Female Administrator
Roy Vongtama
as Doctor No.1
Hugh B. Holub
as County Health Director
Richard McGonagle
as Board Chairman
Nikki Novak
as Attractive Woman #2
Jordan Lund
as Tattoo Artist
Amber Mead
as Attractive Woman No.1
Ian Anthony Dale
as Instructor
Noel Gugliemi
as Mechanic
Dawn Lewis
as Flight Attendant
John O'Brien
as Executive No.1
Alex Trebek
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Bucket List

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (49)

As Rob Reiner should know better and Jack Nicholson should know better and Morgan Freeman should know better, what you have here is a film which has to make you ask: how come they didn't?

August 22, 2018 | Full Review…

... plays like Ingmar Bergman's Wild Strawberries, reimagined as an uninspired sitcom and travelogue.

May 1, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

You get the performances you expect from these two great stars, which lift this story mercifully but marginally above its meager content.

January 15, 2008 | Full Review…

The Bucket List's craft is as impeccable as moviemaking technique and computer tricks can be. But boiled into a formula that is sometimes cloying and sweet, the movie is nonetheless a lazy low-grade product.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

The movie is caught in the crossfire of its two missions -- to celebrate the universal things that "really matter" in life (friendship, family) and to celebrate what it means to live like Jack Nicholson.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

There are certainly worse ways to spend the holiday season than in the company of two charming old actors, being reminded that human companionship makes life worth living, even as it makes dying a little tougher.

January 11, 2008 | Rating: B-
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Audience Reviews for The Bucket List



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One thing has become quite evident with this film: Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman have sure gotten old and grey these days. Luckily though, these two legends have lost none of their masterful acting skills and are as good and gung-ho as ever. Their two characters, that are the center of this story, are incredibly funny, charming and well-written roles and I had a really good time watching them together on screen. So good in fact, that it sure enough ended up on my Top 10 of 2007 list. This movie is much like one of those good old buddy comedies they made so frequently during the 90's, although with a lot more heart, soul and dignity. Because not only is it very enjoyable, but it also has a lot to teach about life and what makes it worth living. With that said, I wasn't surprised at all to see it was directed by another great legend; namely Rob Reiner, who in the past has gifted us with such memorable films as "When Harry met Sally", "Stand by Me", "Misery" and "A Few Good Men". And as for "The Bucket List", well, I'm happy to say it's another brilliant addition to Mr. Reiner's long and respectable career.

Mike S
Mike S

Super Reviewer

Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman. There's the draw here in a nutshell, two heavyweights in the same space. The story, one of redemption while facing death, is predictable enough, as is predictable the reliance on its two stars to save it, which they do but only just. If only the story had mas huevos ...

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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