‘Logan Lucky’ Review Round Up: Critics Praise Soderbergh’s Entertaining Return To Film
The film centers on the Logan brothers (Tatum and Driver) who are both down and out, barely making ends meat in the American south. With only a bleak future in front of them, the dimwitted brothers devise a plan to rob the Coca Cola 600 race. With the help of their sister (Riley Keough) and an incarcerated demolitions expert named Joe Bang (Craig), the Logan brothers attempt to reverse their families curse and live happily ever after.
Soderbergh (Ocean’s 11, Magic Mike, Traffic) has been praised by the critics in his return. While Logan Lucky isn’t necessarily deep, critics say, it is hugely entertaining and without a doubt another success for Soderbergh.
Read some of what critics had to say about Logan Lucky, in theaters Friday, August 18, below.
LOGAN LUCKY REVIEW ROUND UP
“Soderbergh takes his time with each of these two-bit crooks, so we get to know them as people instead of white-trash stereotypes. It’s not dawdling – it’s an attention to character that makes all the difference…It’s true that any hack can string together the elements of a heist film – suspense, humor, convoluted plot, trick ending. Soderbergh, however, knows how to make those babies dance.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“There’s a whiff of condescension in the film’s twangy Hee Haw-stereotype characters, but Soderbergh and screenwriter Rebecca Blunt are so nimble at constructing their caper’s puzzle pieces and narrative switchbacks that you eventually just surrender and let the good times roll. Logan Lucky may not be the luxurious, precise Swiss watch that Soderbergh’s first (and best) Ocean’s film was, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun to kick back and ride shotgun with. And sometimes that’s enough.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“Soderbergh’s ability to attract polished actors to take on unpolished roles is part of the reason it’s fun, and Logan Lucky’s cast also includes Katherine Waterston as a woman out of Jimmy’s past and Hilary Swank as a suspicious FBI agent. Invariably amusing though it is as it unfolds, Logan Lucky feels at times like it was constructed by Soderbergh strictly for his own amusement, but if that is the case the filmmaker certainly doesn’t try to hide it. ‘Nobody was robbed during the making of this film,’ a closing credit reads. ‘Except you.’ You have been warned.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
“Logan Lucky is not a deep or particularly original film and isn’t trying to be, and there are moments when you might wish that it had taken an extra scene or beat to flesh out its oddball characters and give them more than two dimensions (though there are moments—the one set at a school recital, in particular—that do exactly that). And a couple of characters who are introduced with great fanfare (notably a clinic worker played by Katherine Waterston, and an FBI agent played by Hilary Swank who snarls like Clint Eastwood) don’t make as much of an impression as they should. But it’s precision-tooled entertainment made by experts, and sometimes more than that. Watching it is like finding money in the pocket of a coat that you haven’t worn in years.” Matt Zoller Seitz, RogerEbert.com