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Reviews: Lucy (2014)

lucyReviews for this film from our members:

  • Marco Albanese @ Stanze di Cinema [Italian]
  • Dragan Antulov @ FAK [Croatian]
    • Excerpt: Lijep film brojnih neuvjerljivosti i zjapecih rupa u scenariju.
  • Rick Aragon @ Rick’s Cafe Texan
    • Excerpt: Lucy is silly, sometimes flat-out laughable, but by goodness is it never dull.
  • José Arce @ [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: Nuevo thriller de acción de Luc Besson, que amalgama como es habitual montones de cosas que encantan al director galo. Como (casi) siempre también, el resultado es un producto divertido, rápido y muy disfrutable con un bol de palomitas.
  • Jason Bailey @ Flavorwire
    • Excerpt: ‘Lucy’ is too much of a mess for true greatness; it’s riddled with plot holes and unanswered questions, it is predicated (as you’ve probably heard) on a widely debunked scientific theory, Johansson’s choice to gradually replicate the vocal inflections of ‘Community’’s Abed is a peculiar one, and the film’s attempts at philosophical introspection mostly land with the thud of a dumb movie that thinks it’s smart. But the picture’s energy and style are undeniable, and frankly, it’s one of those occasional films where buying a ticket is like casting a vote—in this case, for more girls with guns at the movies.
  • Chris Barsanti @ PopMatters
    • Excerpt: You Barely Need One Percent of Your Brain to Appreciate ‘Lucy’
  • Tim Brayton @ Antagony & Ecstasy
  • Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat @
    • Excerpt: A philosophical action drama that showcases the brain’s incredible powers.
  • Kevin Carr @ 7M Pictures
    • Excerpt: It’s what summer movies are all about, and it has no shame in achieving this.
  • Bill Clark @ From The Balcony
  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
    • Excerpt: Giving a very similar performance to her great work in “Under the Skin,” Johansson’s tranced out dehumanization mixed with wonder is about as fine as anyone could do given this material, where fast firing brain neurons apparently increase one’s laptop RAM to something approaching the speed of light.
  • Carlos del Río @ El rincón de Carlos del Río [Spanish]
    • Excerpt: “Lucy” es una película que visualmente no está mal (donde más se luce Besson es en la escenas de acción), que comienza muy bien, pero que después se llena de cosas incoherentes, y al final parecen dos films distintos pegados, porque acaba siendo una película de ciencia ficción que tiene muy poco que ver con el principio.
  • Jim Dixon @
    • Excerpt: If you were to take away the distraction of the science fiction gimmick, he might be criticized for implicit racism – there’s a disquieting aspect of pulp magazine, yellow peril hysteria as a slavering horde of sadistic, rape-happy Asian gangsters chases a beautiful white woman in the tight minidress. There’s a lot mumbo-jumbo interjected about time, immortality and the nature of the universe, but at its core this is a pulpy, action crime melodrama with well-intentioned delusions of grandeur.
  • Mark Dujsik @ Mark Reviews Movies
    • Excerpt: Aside from the regressive portrait of its heroine, the movie is a mess of pseudo-scientific babble.
  • João Marcos Flores @ Cineviews [Portuguese]
  • Susan Granger @
    • Excerpt: Wierd yet strangely intriguing, posing fascinating philosophical questions, like: Does time truly exist? Why are we here? And is our essence immortal?
  • Vadym Grygoriev @ [Ukrainian]
  • Mark Hobin @ Fast Film Reviews
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not good in the traditional sense, but it is hilariously nonsensical in spite of itself. This is pure camp and on that level, it qualifies as an entertaining movie.
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: In this pile of adolescent heavy-metal-deep pseudo-sci-fi philosophy, the meaning of humanity (or lack thereof) depends on how “cool” something looks onscreen.
  • Charlie Juhl @ Citizen Charlie
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson returns with a mix of high altitude science fiction and knuckle dragging action scenes all based on the myth that we only use 10% of our brains.
  • Ben Kendrick @ Screen Rant
    • Excerpt: Lucy will not speak to a wide audience but those that fall within its target reach should be rewarded with thought-provoking science fiction.
  • Jeremy Kibler @ The Artful Critic
    • Excerpt: It’s flashy and fanciful, trim and slick, and of little substance, but the viewer can either accept the delirious ridiculousness of it all and have fun, or reject it and be a fun sponge.
  • Glenn Lovell @
    • Excerpt: … Besson comes full circle … a wacky bravura blend of sci-fi, comic-book action and National Geographic cutaways. Think ‘Tree of Life’ spiced into ‘Taken.”
  • Wesley Lovell @ Cinema Sight
    • Excerpt: Luc Besson is nothing if not adventurous. Steering clear of conventional subjects, Besson’s films range from daring to disappointing with Lucy falling somewhere in between, a generic amalgam of action clichés predicated on a scientific fallacy.
  • Brent McKnight @ Giant Freakin’ Robot
    • Excerpt: People are going to walk into ‘Lucy’ thinking this is just a Scarlett Johansson-fronted action movie and have their minds broken.
  • Ross Miller @ Thoughts On Film
    • Excerpt: Part stylised assassin revenge flick, part flashy science lesson, Lucy is an enjoyably bonkers and visually arresting film. It’s ultimately nonsense-spouting mumbo-jumbo but, unlike many of Besson’s 21st century action flicks, you feel like there’s a wry smile behind the ludicrousness.
  • Stefan Pape @ HeyUGuys
    • Excerpt: Stylistic and engaging, and a real return to form for the director, mastering a genre he was partly responsible for pioneering
  • Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Portuguese]
    • Excerpt: Um blockbuster sci-fi mediano, mas ainda assim bem feito.
  • Jason Pirodsky @
    • Excerpt: As silly as Lucy gets, I gotta give credit where credit is due: this thing flies by in a razzling, dazzling whirlwind, barely giving you time enough to think about what you’re actually seeing.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: Lucy is not the action spectacle Besson and his crew have been selling us. It’s a dopey superhero wannabe that eventually moves its lady lead out of the skirmish and into a chair in an empty room while she lets a French cop protect her from the bad guys. This is not an exaggeration. Lucy spends the climax of her own movie sitting down and thinking real hard about what she’s done…and could do. Bum-bum-bum.
  • Jerry Roberts @ Armchair Cinema
    • Excerpt: Why, in a movie about a woman who can bend time and space, was it necessary to have her running from gangsters? Why did we need chase scenes? The woman unlocks the mysteries of the universe and apparently knows what happens when we die? Wouldn’t it have been much more interesting to have her reveal and explore those secrets?
  • [New – 3/5/15] | Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: … comes up short for the core sci-fi crowd while generally satisfying action-thriller fans…
  • Gregory J. Smalley @ 366 Weird Movies
    • Excerpt: …even the sight of Scarlett Johansson morphing into a black tentacle biocomputer can’t compensate for the feeling that you’re using less and less of your cerebral capacity the longer you watch this movie.
  • Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
    • Excerpt: Loony and laughable.
  • Andrew Wyatt @ St. Louis Magazine
    • Excerpt: Lucy’s premise is at least internally consistent, but the film’s understanding of neuroscience and evolutionary biology is so absurdly (and blithely) distorted that one can only gape in embarrassed disbelief.
Updated: July 30, 2015 — 9:31 pm

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