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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

When Lucy is talking to Professor Norman on his cell phone and then walks through the door and hangs up on him, you can hear his phone emit a dial tone. Cell phones don't have dial tones.

Character error 

Lucy tells Pierre that the mules have the drug hidden in their intestines, but the trafficking method employed by Mr Jang instead involves surgical implantation of the drug package inside the abdominal cavity. Lucy should have known the difference by this point.
Professor Norman says that life originated on earth 1 billion years ago. A study published in 2009 suggests the presence of microbial life on earth dating back 4.4 billion years.
When Lucy is talking to Pierre and tells him the CPH4 will be in the form of a blue powder, the drug is actually blue crystals. She made the same mistake when the drug boss asked her what was in the case and she described the contents as 4 bags of blue or purple powder.
Lucy calls the French police as she is going through passport control. For security reasons, airports do not allow the use of mobile phones in the passport control area.
Lucy tells the professor that she feels no fear, pain or desire, but shortly after, when Lucy is in the plane and her cells act up, she runs to the lavatory and looks in the mirror with deep fear.
When Lucy tells the surgeon to operate on her, he does so without changing his sterile gloves as they already had the other patient's blood on them before Lucy entered the room.
The German police officer arresting a mule says, "Komm mit mir mit.", i.e. "Come with me." but addressing the mule informally ("duzen") which is very impolite and highly unlikely in the given situation. The correct form would be "Kommen Sie mit mir mit."
When Lucy uses the surgeon's phone to call her mother, Lucy tells her when asked what time it is that she doesn't know and it's night. However when she takes the phone from the surgeon's pocket the time is clearly visible on the front, even if it is partially obscured by her thumb.
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Lucy had moved beyond the constraints of her humanity, but chooses to give her knowledge to the assembled scientists. Despite this she showed zero concern for the potential injuries and death caused by her erratic driving in the race to the hospital. She was already multi-tasking well enough by then to have protected anyone effected by her driving, perhaps wrapping each person or car in a force field to keep them safe, thus keeping her integrity intact.
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Continuity 

When Lucy's skin is turning black, you see her arms turn completely black. The next scene, you see her arms again and they're still flesh-colored.
When Lucy removes the bag from inside the Italian mule, her hands are covered in blood but they don't leave a stain on the door's glass after she pushes it open.
When Lucy calls Pierre, she has already passed immigration. But she is still waiting for passport check in the next screen shot.
There were a total of four CPH4 packs carried by four drug mules. Half of Lucy's pack leaked inside her body while she consumed the other half on the plane. Thus there should be only three packs left. However when the scientist opened the suitcase containing the packs before giving her intravenous transfusions (at around 1h 10 mins), there were clearly three and a half packs left.
When Lucy leaves the hospital with the drugs, the car GPS/status screen states the time as 15:00 (3pm). However, when she is at the University a short time later, the wall clock over the entrance doors show the time to be 1:05 during the demonstration video of the car disappearing when shown at infinite speed. Just seconds later, the gunmen shoot their way through the security checkpoint and the clock at the end of the hall clearly reads 11:05.
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At the beginning of the movie, when a junkie snores the blue crystals, he is given a straight straw. He snores with a bent straw and the next scene he has a straight straw again.
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When Jang is walking through the airport and speaking on his cell phone, the view is from behind him and his gold watch is clearly visible over the bandages of his left wrist. When the camera angle switches to a frontal view, the gold watch on his left wrist is gone.
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When Lucy removes the bullet from her shoulder, it is clean - almost shiny. In the next shot, she drops the bullet into the drinking glass, and it is covered in blood.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When Lucy is being chased by the police, the camera moves to the back seat to show the road ahead and the stunt driver's hat is clearly visible on the left and in the rear-view mirror as well.

Errors in geography 

The Native Americans shown in ancient Manhattan are Plains Indians not native to New York. Also they are riding horses which are not native to the New World, but introduced by Europeans.
When Lucy is zooming from once place and time to another while sitting in the desk chair after reaching 80%, her first stop is the Eiffel Tower. She seems to be zooming in a certain direction, while scenery zips by in a blur, stopping at the Esplanade du Trocadéro in the Palais de Chaillot, where Lucy lurches forward due to forward momentum. She is facing the Eiffel Tower. When she zooms away, she seems to be traveling through the Champs de Mars with the Eiffel Tower receding and the Palais de Chaillot behind the Eiffel Tower, also receding. There seems to be a conflict between wanting to show Lucy's point of view and wanting to show that she is leaving the Eiffel Tower. If this shot was from her POV, the Eiffel Tower and Palais de Chaillot would be behind her at this point.
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Factual errors 

When Lucy locks herself inside an airplane lavatory, the staff pleads with her to open the door. Any airplane lavatory can be opened from the outside in a few seconds without much ado.
The major premise of this movie - that humans only use a small percentage of our brains - is a fallacy. Filmmaker Luc Besson has acknowledged this.
While European co-operation is close, it would still take weeks for a German suspect to be extradited to France. They would also not hand him over without having talked to a lawyer first.
When Lucy returns to her friend's apartment to use her MacBook, Lucy is shown accessing hundreds of websites per second to consume information leading her to Professor Norman. Although the speed at which she's able to read and comprehend the pages seems reasonable given her intelligence boost, the MacBook itself would not have the processing power needed to continually access and navigate so many sites in such a short period. The laptop would freeze or slow considerably given the strain.
Ancient Lucy was about 3 feet tall;in the movie she looks as tall as modern Lucy.
When Lucy is going back in time towards creation chronologically, she encounters a dinosaur prior to encountering Lucy the hominid largely recognized as the oldest living fossil with human ancestry. Lucy is dated to about 3.2 million years ago and dinosaurs are estimated to have gone extinct about 65 million years ago.
Lucy first optically scans the police frequency spectrum for a specific cell phone connection and then uses the police car's radio to listen to the phone call after manually tuning it to 26.695 MHz. She should neither need to manually tune the radio, since she has control over electronic machines, nor do cellphones operate on frequencies below 900 MHz.
When Lucy's image appears on the HDTV in the hotel room, it has visible scan lines, which HDTV does not have. Also, the lines change apparent size/width from shot to shot.
When Lucy uses the visual analogy of a car traveling faster and faster until it disappears from sight to explain that "Time" is the most important thing, this is incorrect and misleading. If an object were to travel so fast that it appears invisible, as depicted in the video, it wouldn't actually disappear. In fact, it would essentially create a wall along its path. This effect is analogous to the nature of atoms in which subatomic particles revolve around the nucleus of the atom at such great speed that it keeps the atom together which results in the formation of matter as we know it. Therefore, the car would not disappear as suggested in the video segment, but rather transform into an impenetrable wall of energy encircling the Earth along its path, as it approached infinite velocity.
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In the hotel room, Mr. Jang has blood splattered on his face and hands, but not a drop on his suit.
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When Richard is shot, the blood spatter from his chest would only occur if the bullet passed through him but the window he is standing before doesn't shatter.
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The rounds could not fall from Pierre's pistol in that way; Magazines are open on the top. I could see Lucy make the magazine fall out... and then something else could happen to the individual rounds. Unless the ammo was made to pass 'through' the floor of the magazine, it could not happen that way.
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Miscellaneous 

When Lucy was talking to her mother on the phone, she said she remembered the feelings of braces on her teeth. Her teeth are very crooked, at least on the bottoms.
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Plot holes 

Even if we accept that the CPH4 will alter Lucy's brain power, there is no way that the changes will make her body defy gravity.

Revealing mistakes 

When Lucy races to the University, the dashboard shows the car being in Park.
When Lucy rolls up the wall and ceiling of the prison cell as if unaffected by gravity, her t-shirt is hanging in a different direction in each shot - towards the wall or ceiling - revealing the use of a rotating stage.
When Lucy uses her power to drop the rounds from Pierre's pistol, there are firing pin marks on the primers of the rounds, indicating that there are spent cases that have already been fired then had fake bullets inserted into them.
In spite of a supposedly freshly-opened (from the kick) and bleeding surgical wound on her abdomen, and a blood-soaked bandage covering it, none of the blood appears on the white shirt she wears over it.
Outside the university, when Jang rolls up the window, the reflected sign is not reversed.
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Spoilers

The goof item below may give away important plot points.

Factual errors 

When Lucy enters the operating room and kills the patient, she tells the surgeon that he was already doomed because the "tumor invaded the cortex at the right side of his spine". Had they been performing surgery on his spine, the patient would be lying on his front. Also, the scan on the wall was of a brain.

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