BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: Lucy Reviews

By Dr. Know on July 25th, 2014

Critic Review for Lucy

via Rotten Tomatoes

Besson has made very, very bad films in the past, but this is the first time he has presented one so idiotic that the only way to properly convey its flaws is to enumerate them.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: The Atlantic

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Scarlett Johansson carries the film effortlessly, bridging Besson’s narrative and logical ellipses by fully embracing his crowd-pleasing intentions and convincingly depicting Lucy’s psychological transformation.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Village Voice

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This movie worries that humanity is wasting its potential, which is a bizarre fear for a movie that has this many nonsensical shootouts. But that’s what on Besson’s mind: the Big Bang and bang-bang.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Grantland

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In the showiest sequence, Lucy’s body starts exploding into bursts of confetti. Even then, Johannson holds everything together. She’s the rare actress who brings conviction and clarity to flights of fancy.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Orange County Register

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I know we’re supposed to think that Besson’s daffy cinematic calisthenics are entertaining because at least they are not boring. But I was bored.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

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Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson’s wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: NPR

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Thank goodness Mr. Jang (Min-Sik Choi), the preeminent villain in movies this year, almost saves the day when the story veers toward territory already presented last spring in Johnny Depp’s “Transcendence.”

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Lucy is not just tongue-in-cheek. No, the tongue bursts out of the cheek, wraps all the way around the back of the head, and comes in through the opposite cheek.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Aisle Seat

Aisle Seat

Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with some thought-provoking science fiction.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: ScreenRant

ScreenRant

Ludicrous and atrocious in nearly every way, Lucy is absolutely brainless; which is quite ironic given the concept of the film.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Examiner.com

Examiner.com

Lucy is like a parody of pretentious filmmaking, only not as smart.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Toledo Blade

Toledo Blade

Besson doesn’t claim his latest globetrotting science-fiction thriller is based on fact, of course, but its ambitions are muddled by a lack of conviction.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

Cinemalogue.com

What might we be capable of if we used all of our brains? Anything! Whether it makes sense or not! As long as it fits the needs of the scene.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: GeekNation

GeekNation

Holding all this together is Johansson, who has the exact right take on the material: slightly invested, mostly removed, observing it all with a sly grin.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Deadspin

Deadspin

No, you do not only use 10 percent of our brains – with the possible exception of when you are watching a Michael Bay movie.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Columbus Alive

Columbus Alive

Lucy is either the dumbest smart film or the smartest dumb film I’ve ever seen.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Mania.com

Mania.com

Besson squanders a chance to make his film a really powerful one.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Kaplan vs. Kaplan

See “Lucy” simply to watch Johansson kick butt, spout some philosophy and, with the help of CGI, move through time and space with the casual swipe of her palm.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

“Lucy” is constantly playful and awestruck. Besson… genuinely seems moved by the capability of humans to do good.

July 25, 2014Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner

San Francisco Examiner
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