New Lucy Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Movie Critics
Universal Pictures released their new action/thriller flick, “Lucy,” into theaters yesterday, July 24th. And all the top movie critics have served up their reviews. It turns out that everything was pretty mixed with an overall 59 score out of a possible 100 across 34 reviews over at the metacrtic.com site. The film stars: Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. We’ve posted blurbs from a couple of the critics,below.
Joe Morgenstern from the Wall Street Journal, gave it a nice 90 score, saying: “It’s gleefully bold, visually adventurous, often funny, strikingly concise — the whole heart-pounding tale is over in 90 minutes — and 100% entertaining.”
Claudia Puig from USA Today, gave it a 75 score. She stated: “Scarlett Johansson is ideally cast as a rapidly evolving kick-ass hero in Lucy, a stylish action thriller that is equal parts dazzling and ludicrous.”
Ty Burr over at the Boston Globe, gave it a 75 grade, saying: “It’s all ridiculous and enjoyable, and at the movie’s center is an actress creatively guessing at what omniscience might feel like.”
Mick LaSalle from the San Francisco Chronicle, gave it another 75 score. He stated: “A full-out action movie – and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.”
Kyle Smith from the New York Post, gave it a 75 score. He said: “In a captivating climax, the movie turns attractively freaky, though somewhat marred by cheesy special effects, and there’s a huge debt to the immense leaps of “2001.” An abrupt ending feels frustrating and leaves questions floating in space. Then again, I’m using only 3 to 5 percent of my capacity, so what do I know?”
Jeff Labrecque over at Entertainment Weekly, also gave it a 75 grade, saying: “By the time the film exhausts itself—in a brisk 89 minutes — it feels like there’s literally nowhere that Lucy and Besson can’t go, no boundaries, no laws, no logic. Just go with it.”
Manohla Dargis from The New York Times, gave it a 70 score, stating: “Buoyed by Ms. Johansson’s presence, Mr. Besson keeps his entertainment machine purring. He may be a hack, but he’s also a reliable entertainer.”
Justin Chang from Variety, gave it a 70 score. He stated: “Giddily recycling everything from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “The Matrix” to yakuza actioners and National Geographic documentaries, it’s a garish, trippy, wildly uneven and finally quite disarming piece of work, graced by a moment-to-moment unpredictability.”
Michael Phillips from the Chicago Tribune, gave it a 50 grade, saying: “When everything and anything is possible, nothing feels urgent or truly dramatic. The movie devolves into a melange of digital effects and sequences of glamorous slaughter, as Lucy swaggers around, with that big brain, and slouches toward becoming a full-lipped deity.”
Peter Travers from the Rolling Stone, gave it another 50 score, stating: ” Remember “Limitless,” the 2011 thriller in which Bradley Cooper becomes a whirling killer dervish from a drug that lets him access 100 percent of his brain? Well, Lucy is basically the same movie with Scarlett Johansson in the Cooper role. It’s not a good trade-off.”
Elizabeth Weitzman from the New York Daily News, gave it a pretty awful 40 score, claiming: “A brazenly mindless thriller about the infinite capacities of the human brain. That said, sometimes we just want to shut down and give in to bombastic summer entertainment. In that regard, as usual, Besson delivers.”
John DeFore at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 40 grade as well, saying: “Lucy plays more like a big dumb superhero flick than sci-fi.” Lastly, Richard Roeper from the Chicago Sun-Times really didn’t like it,giving it a very bad 12 score. He stated: “Besson has always demonstrated the ability to chuckle at the madness of his own material, and he provides some solid laughs from time to time.
But these winks do nothing to erase the reality of a plot that becomes unintentionally hilarious.” Stay tuned. Also, get your favorite Movie stuff, and more by Clicking Here.