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Laura Checkoway

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About the Movie

Spanning more than five years on the streets of New York City, this intimate story of survival follows Lucky Torres, a homeless mother masked in tattoos who longs to rise from a life of darkness. Journalist Laura Checkoway marks an astonishing filmmaking debut with this powerful, unvarnished documentary, capturing an experience rarely depicted onscreen. Executive Producer Steve James (Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, Life Itself) affirms, “There are not enough of these kinds of stories being told today.”

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 99
  • Fresh: 97
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie's small, and a little too tidy, but its devotion to ritual and routine nonetheless gives the actors room to maneuver. – Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, Oct 5, 2017

Fresh: It is, simply, a lovely time at the movies. – Ty Burr, Boston Globe, Oct 5, 2017

Fresh: Nothing big happens, but director John Carroll Lynch zeroes in on the undeniable pathos and hidden feelings in Mr. Stanton's map-lined face. – Rex Reed, New York Observer, Oct 2, 2017

Fresh: Stanton, as "Lucky" reminds us, remained capable of carrying a movie even to the very end. – Stephanie Merry, Washington Post, Oct 5, 2017

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Customer Reviews

I Love Lucky Torres

I swear on everything I've followed Lucky for so long and watching her go forward and grow is amazing . She is one of the realest most humble people I've ever seen . She is absolutely blessed to be such a strong beautiful woman and survive all that she has . Lucky thank you baby for being so awesome and even more thank you for never giving up . Much love baby 😘

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