Daniel Craig Is 'Genius' in Logan Lucky
'It's like we're seeing him for the first time,' says one critic
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2017 9:51 AM CDT

(Newser) – Before he returns to the screen as James Bond, Daniel Craig can be seen in Logan Lucky alongside a star-studded cast of Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Katie Holmes, Hilary Swank, and more. The film follows three Logan siblings from West Virginia as they attempt to rob North Carolina's Charlotte Motor Speedway. Here's what critics are saying:

  • Marking the return of "retired" director Steven Soderbergh, Logan Lucky is "essentially a red-state Ocean's Eleven." And while it's not quite up to par with Soderbergh's earlier heist film, it's "very funny" and "a hell of a lot of fun," writes Chris Nashawaty at Entertainment Weekly. He picked up a "whiff of condescension in the film’s twangy Hee Haw-stereotype characters," but found it "more enjoyable the less you try to dissect it."
  • It's not "deep or particularly original" but it has "the no-fuss confidence of Soderbergh's best entertainments, staging comedic banter and suspense sequences with equal assurance," writes Matt Zoller Seitz at RogerEbert.com. "There's no wasted motion. Everything happens as it does for a reason." When all is said and done, you'll see the film for what it is: "a winner," Zoller Seitz writes.

  • Logan Lucky is a "hick caper comedy" with an "amiable spirit" and it's mostly "delightful," writes David Edelstein at Vulture. "The whole movie is a trick, reversing our expectations at nearly every turn and casting actors in roles that they were not exactly born to play, but do so with relish." Craig delivers "the showstopper turn," Edelstein adds. "He's sui generis. He's sui genius."
  • "It's like we're seeing him for the first time," Adam Graham says of Craig, who's "having so much fun that he casually makes off with the movie." Seth MacFarlane, however, gives "what may be the year’s worst performance," Graham writes at Detroit News. Even so, Logan Lucky is "a slick, smarter-than-your-average-bear heist comedy that moves and grooves with all the hallmarks of a Soderbergh caper. He's back, baby."

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