Scarlett Johansson stars as "Lucy" in the film that opened Friday and follows the drug mule-turned-super human after a powerful substance leaks into her system.
Reviews were mixed, with some praising it as the cap to a phenomenal year for Johansson — she was stellar as the voice of Samantha in "Her" and starred alongside Chris Evans in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier — and others, such as MLive film critic John Serba, saying the film has "plot holes you can drive a truck through."
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Here's what critics are saying in their reviews of "Lucy":
"Fans might note that she played a similar role in last year’s arthouse hit 'Her,' as an operating system also grappling with rapidly expanding intelligence. The movies themselves, however, couldn’t be more different. 'Her' pushed us to expand our minds, while 'Lucy' works best if we switch them off entirely." – New York Daily News
"'Lucy' is part philosophical/scientific treatise, part action movie, a film that goes from mayhem to boredom in a heartbeat." – Los Angeles Times
"It’s not really all that clear why [Lucy] needs [Morgan Freeman's character Professor] Norman and his colleagues — since she’s becoming so intellectually superior to pretty much everyone, Lucy should be able to execute her plan without anyone’s help. It’s a major flaw in a story I was absolutely rooting for, but I eventually realized I was rooting for a losing team." – ABC News
"Lucy is a welcome reminder of just how much Besson's wry sensibility as a filmmaker adds to movies like this." – NPR
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