Written By: Nick Poulimenakos
Steven Soderbergh is back. After a four year self imposed film exile, the man behind the Oceans trilogy is back behind the camera of a feature film. Logan Lucky serves as a dual return for Soderbergh. Not only to film, but to the heist genre as well. The film follows Channing Tatum, Adam Driver and Riley Keough as a redneck family as they plan to rob the Coca-Cola 600 race. So, what are critics saying about Soderbergh’s return film? Apparently, it’s fantastic!
As of this writing, the film has a staggering 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 14 reviews. Critics are praising everything from the direction to the script to the performances. Read on to see why critics are loving Logan Lucky!
Owen Gleiberman from Variety:
Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky” is a high-spirited, low-down blast. It’s a let’s-rob-the-racetrack heist comedy set in that all-American place that even rednecks would have no problem calling redneck country: the land of NASCAR and child beauty pageants, spangly long fingernails and roadside biker-bar brawls, and — these days being what they are — chronic unemployment and spiritual stagnation. (Hey, nothing’s perfect.) The script, by Rebecca Blunt (it’s her first, and it’s a beauty), exploits the Southern gift for turning something as basic as a series of freeway directions into a tall tale. And Soderbergh, directing his first feature in four years (his last one was the superb HBO Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra”), plays, with an invisible wink, off the natural-born comedy of mile-wide drawls that veer from the charmingly folksy into a kind of good-ol’-boy theater (lying about your alibi, it turns out, is even more effective when you do it from behind the armor of a chicken-fried accent).
Tom McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter:
Logan Lucky is a redneck Ocean’s Eleven. For his first feature film in four years, Steven Soderbergh has snuck back in on a back road with a goofy and steadily amusing tale of born losers in West Virginia who try to hit the jackpot by divesting an auto raceway of a few million bills. This loose and shambling tale with a very attractive cast is highlighted by a wonderfully wacky, show-stealing turn by Daniel Craig as a down-home career criminal.
David Ehrlich from IndieWire:
Don’t call it a comeback (he’s been here for years), but Steven Soderbergh’s self-imposed exile from film directing is officially over, and his inevitable return to the big screen confirms what most of us have known all along: The guy is a lot better at making movies than he is at not making movies.
Mike Ryan from UPROXX:
Good gravy, this movie is a good time. And I’m so happy Steven Soderbergh is back at it, doing what he wants to do. And good on him for making another heist movie. Heist movies are fun! And Soderbergh is, in particular, very good at making heist movies. And here, he hits all the beats he hits in making his Oceans movies, even with a fun little switcheroo at the end that shows us how everything was done, accompanied by cool music, just like in Oceans 11. Soderbergh knows you’re going to refer to this movie as a “Redneck Oceans,” or whatever, and he seems very okay with that — and he’s already taken all the best jokes.
Andrew Lowry from Empire:
Did anybody really believe Steven Soderbergh was retired? Certainly not people who watched The Knick, which was more ‘cinematic’ than most theatrically released films. And now the pioneer of ’90s indie makes a welcome return to theatres with this well-acted, slickly directed, if somewhat familiar redneck heist flick — and after last year’s dull Masterminds, Lord knows we needed a good one.
Jason Guerrasio from Business Insider:
But all these things give the story and characters a richness that betters the movie. Soderbergh — who absolutely hasn’t been sitting around doing nothing the last four years, as he directed two seasons of the acclaimed series “The Knick” — shows here that the melding of mainstream storytelling and artful execution is possible. I’m thankful he’s back directing features, and can’t wait for the next ride he takes us on.
Drew Taylor from The Playlist:
There are those that will undoubtedly find “Logan Lucky” too breezy. There is the assumption, of course, that Soderbergh returning to cinema will be some sort of paradigm shift. That just isn’t the case. This is more of a victory lap than anything else. It’s a filmmaker who has gathered performers at the top of their game (and Seth MacFarlane) to play. And play they do. This is a brilliantly constructed, whip-smart, and laugh-out-loud-funny romp from a filmmaker whose precision and craft is nearly unparalleled. It’s hard to think of a movie this year that has been as singularly delightful, one that, with each passing moment, reveals something charming or odd or real. It hasn’t been that long since Soderbergh stopped directing movies but it feels like forever. And with “Logan Lucky,” he beautifully exhibits everything we’ve been missing.
Logan Lucky robs its way into theatres on August 18, 2017