With her slouched posture and cigarette always about to leap to its death from the corner of her mouth, Grandma is a curmudgeonly force of nature. In a better world, this film would launch a franchise, starting with Lucky Grandma 2: Go Luck Yourself.
Ryan Syrek, The Reader (Omaha, NE)
This isn't a movie about money at all, but is instead a search for the dignity and respect the elderly deserve in a world that too often chooses not to afford it.
G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
In the heart of Chinatown, New York, an ornery, chain-smoking, newly widowed 80-year-old Grandma (Tsai Chin) is eager to live life as an independent woman, despite the worry of her family. When a local fortune teller (Wai Ching Ho) predicts a most auspicious day in her future, Grandma decides to head to the casino and goes all in, only to land herself on the wrong side of luck... suddenly attracting the attention of some local gangsters. Desperate to protect herself, Grandma employs the services of a bodyguard from a rival gang (Corey Ha) and soon finds herself right in the middle of a Chinatown gang war.