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Lucky Number Slevin

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Germany, United Kingdom, United States

2006

Rated R • 1h 50m

Director Paul McGuigan

Starring Josh Hartnett, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu

Genre Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery

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Slevin is mistakenly put in the middle of a personal war between the city’s biggest criminal bosses. Under constant watch, Slevin must try not to get killed by an infamous assassin and come up with an idea of how to get out of his current dilemma. A film with many twists and turns.

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60

Film Threat by

Unfortunately, director Paul McGuigan tries to make it all serious at the end, and this isn't the kind of story that should be taken seriously.
50

The New Yorker by Anthony Lane

Lucky Number Slevin is a bag of nerves. Everything here is too much. The older the actors, the saltier the ham of their performances.
75

ReelViews by James Berardinelli

Some of what occurs in Lucky Number Slevin is done with a wink and a nod, although McGuinan (á là Tarantino) doesn't skimp on the gore.
60

Variety by Justin Chang

Thoroughly -- and sometimes justifiably -- infatuated with its own cleverness, this mistaken-identity thriller delights in narrative complication and Tarantino-esque self-awareness.
50

Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Cursed--but ironically!--with stomach-churning '60s decor, Slevin might round off in Park Chanwook country, but the lingering sense of it is as an amusement park for the actors, who are as infectiously overjoyed for the bouncy badinage as preschoolers on Christmas morning. Like tired parents, our enjoyment is primarily vicarious.
50

Rolling Stone by Peter Travers

If "Pulp Fiction" impregnated "The Usual Suspects," the spawn would look a lot like Lucky Number Slevin. Great genes, but you keep wondering when the kid is going to grow up and find an identity of his own.
70

Time by Richard Schickel

The story never runs completely off the rails and is, in any event, just a pretext for a lot of very sharp badinage by Jason Smilovic--a screenwriter who would have been at home writing for Cary Grant--for yards of terrific movie acting and for some well-timed direction by Paul McGuigan.
58

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

It's all superficially enjoyable, right up to the point where the big picture starts coming into focus and it's not worth looking anymore.

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