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The Lucky One (2012)



Critic Consensus: While it provides the requisite amount of escapist melodrama, The Lucky One ultimately relies on too many schmaltzy clichés to appeal to anyone not already familiar with the Nicholas Sparks formula.

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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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Zac Efron
as Logan
Jay R. Ferguson
as Keith Clayton
Adam LeFevre
as Judge Clayton
Joe Chrest
as Deputy Moore
Russ Comegys
as Roger Lyle
Ann McKenzie
as Charlotte Clayton
Dr. Sharon Morris May
as Principal Miller
Trey Burvant
as Logan's Brother-in-Law
Cameron Banfield
as Younger Marine
Ritchie Montgomery
as Cottage Owner
Courtney J. Clark
as Logan's Sister
Gavin Reyna
as Logan's Nephew
Matthew Michaud
as Logan's Nephew
Ned Yousef
as Iraqi Translator
Naim Alherimi
as Cursing Old Man
Hunter Reno
as Dog Owner's Son
Calvin Quatroy
as Hamden Fisherman
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Critic Reviews for The Lucky One

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (48)

After this performance no further evidence is needed of Efron's ability to do vulnerability and puppy love - we're ready now to see whether he can show any bite.

May 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A tsunami of syrup and a Niagara of nonsense here in this mind-blowingly ridiculous romdram...

May 3, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

[Efron] sells it almost single-handedly through sheer force of scrumminess.

May 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Romance isn't dead, but films like this are giving it a bad name.

May 2, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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'.

May 1, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The Notebook may have had us blubbing but since then Nicholas Sparks adaptions have offered thin pickings for cinemagoers. For all Efron's boyish charms, this one could be the most ordinary of the lot.

April 29, 2012 | Rating: 2/5

Audience Reviews for The Lucky One

Hey! once again Zac Efron proves himself he can act! Not like his ex-girlfriend who's kinda struggle having career in Hollywood, Zac proves himself with some middle quality but deep drama and now he start in comedy movie too.. Based on Nicholas Sparks novel, of course this will be a perfect movie for the woman audience and I can't see a lot of reason why woman wouldn't like this movie.. But as a general audience, I think the story could have made a little better.. They could have a better script since the cast did a really good job here.. And for chemistry, Zac Efron and Taylor Schilling gave a quite chemistry even wasn't as memorable as Ryan Gosling-Rachel McAdams in 'The Notebook' or Channing Tatum-Amanda Seyfried in 'Dear John' so there's still a room for improvement.. But overall as a movie, 'The Lucky One' delivers a descent watch for general audience but might be one of a chick's favorite movie..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer


Another Nicholas Sparks adaptation. Zac plays a marine who was saved when he found a photo of a woman. After his tour of Iraq he goes back to the US to find her to thank her for being his guardian angel. But he ends up saving her. Zac is hot. Taylor wasn't the best leading lady. I could see Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling as the leads.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A nice, heartfelt story of love and redemption. Emotional, but not overly sappy. Really nice cast. Zac Efron is becoming quite a good actor, and is definitely easy on the eyes. Blythe Danner is outstanding, as usual...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

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