A conflict between black and Jewish gangsters in New York City and a case of mistaken identity land a man (Josh Hartnett) in the middle of a revenge plot of a crime boss (Morgan Freeman).
" With so many players in this shell game, a viewer could get paranoid. That's the idea. "
" I think it was entertaining as heck. "
" Some movies are too smart for their own good. Lucky Number Slevin only thinks it is. "
" Everything in it -- every confusion, every line of unspeakable dialogue, every red herring, every camera setup -- has been borrowed from some movie you've seen before. "
" It's the type of movie where nothing is as it appears, and even when it's all sorted out it's completely unsatisfying. "
" It's self-consciously clever in a not-very-clever way, a puzzle only its creator finds puzzling. It's fun to listen to, not to follow or watch. "
" With its curlicue plot, consummate cast and crackerjack dialogue, Lucky Number Slevin is the sharpest bang-bang flick of the year so far. "
" Like the recent Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, Slevin is a real-world crime tale with no grip on reality, just an obsession for gimmicky movie-brat fantasy. Believable, it's not. "
" It shrinks your perception of what movies can do. "
" Only Lucy Liu's insanely perky neighbour emerges with any real credit. "
" Not as clever as it thinks, a little too clever for its own good, it's a fun ride, nonetheless. "
" It feels more like a series of bits rather than a coherent narrative, and director Paul McGuigan paces it this way; you never feel as if the entire movie has coalesced, though many of the individual parts are a lot of fun. "
" Eventually, having gone along for the ride, we feel taken for a ride. "
" Lucky Number Slevin feels exhausted -- like a movie that somehow got lost in time and arrived six years too late. "
" Lucky Number Slevin provides the kind of enjoyment you get from watching a skilled tap dancer ply his trade on a highly polished surface. Style trumps substance. "
" A smug, deliberately convoluted mix tape of Tarantino, the Coen brothers, Guy Ritchie and Hitchcock with (mostly) a cast to die for, Lucky Number Slevin is great fun for, say, 20 minutes. "
" With its diabolical ending, this is the movie equivalent of a crossword puzzle: fun, clever, and disposable. "
" It finally all makes sense after a fashion, and I think and hope that you will be entertained by all the narrative legerdemain. "
" The movie is all clever gotchas and hoodwinks, without any substance to go along with them. "
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