Seven Times Lucky
By Robert Koehler, Variety.com
The grifter movie reaches a level of unprecedented enjoyment and excitement in an absolute knockout of a feature debut by writer-director G.B. Yates. A full cinematic vision is created with a wonderful set of characters resonating long after the closing credits. Stateside pickup should be a no-brainer for solid commercial play.
Savvy casting of Kevin Pollak as a hard-luck con man and delivery guy for mob bosses who gets in over his head, is reminiscent of "The Usual Suspects." "Lucky," however, is more closely tied to film noir tradition and to the grifter sub-genre, and is less self-consciously clever for its own sake than Bryan Singer's film.