After winning $370 million, a young man (Bow Wow) must survive a holiday weekend with greedy neighbors before he can claim the prize.
" The comedy is broad, bordering on offensive, the laughs are few, and the positive message feels tacked on. "
" Like Kevin's lucky fortune cookie, Lottery Ticket is a sweet treat with a substantive message. "
" It all comes off a bit like an extended episode of "Everybody Hates Chris" with really bad language. "
" No doubt the characters are stereotypes, but the performances are handled with a knowing wink and a great deal of fun. "
" There's a one-in-a-billion story to Lottery Ticket: Those are the approximate odds against a script this bad making it out of the introductory seminar at film school. "
" A formulaic comedy that's enlivened by the high spirits of its supporting players. "
" There are a couple of good performances and a few funny bits, but mostly the film just bounces back and forth until coming to a flat, trite close. "
" White and writer Abdul Williams are determined to squeeze in some social commentary. And while this, too, is mostly familiar stuff, a couple of bits do resonate. "
" A jumble of comedy and drama with a sprinkling of After School Special messaging and some head-scratchingly bad choices. "
" Though the movie looks good and rarely lags on energy, the careless script is filled with tired stereotypes and easy cliches. "
" Even on its own limited terms, the jokes are sub-Friday sequel, and a last-act grab for Boyz n the Hood pathos is seriously reaching. "
" You know what? This movie's good. It's fast, deftly paced and funny, and only some misjudged violence in the last lap keeps it from being better than good. "
" A big, vivid supporting cast - including Faheem Najm (a k a the rapper T-Pain) and the comedians Charlie Murphy and Mike Epps - is a strong asset, as are messages about sexual responsibility and charity in the 'hood. "
" Erik White and Abdul Williams don't reinvent the wheel of fortune in Lottery Ticket, but the director and screenwriter, respectively, deliver a well-plotted, energetically paced story. "
" ...a film that's largely wealthy in incoherence, raising a smile one minute and a cringe the next, until it finally devolves into a 'who-cares' cliche-fest. "
" If Lottery Ticket had as much conviction as laughs, it could have hit the jackpot. "
" If any of the central characters in Lottery Ticket had a bit of sense, the movie would be over in about five minutes. "
" Let's call it four out of six numbers, with no power bonus. Some payoff, but don't quit your job. "
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