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The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

June 20, 2013
A much better version of this movie may exist somewhere in the editing-room blender, to be excavated by cine-archeologists of the future.
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B
April 3, 2011
A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 1, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is a well-crafted, well-cast adaptation of Michael Connelly's best-selling novel, shot on interesting Los Angeles locations. It's a crime thriller with...
Read More | Original Score: 2.1/2
April 1, 2011
It's nice to see McConaughey getting relatively serious instead of coasting through yet another witless romcom, with or without Kate Hudson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 31, 2011
The film does take some predictable turns - even with its "surprise" twist - but it's a perfectly enjoyable time killer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 30, 2011
Some fussy directorial touches don't seriously get in the way of a tricky plot with a suspenseful denouement and there's an excellent use of locations in the Los Angeles area.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 26, 2011
It's really just a solid courtroom drama, but these days moviegoers should take what they can get.
March 25, 2011
This is a full-bore legal thriller of maneuvering and slight-of-hand, of parlor games and verbal ingenuity, and when all is said and done the tension ratcheted up is of a higher pedigree than I would have believed was possible before entering the theatre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 25, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer has very little soul to speak of, but it's got swagger to burn.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 24, 2011
It has nothing to do with the capital of Nebraska or the former president. While you're watching it, though, you'll wish it did.
March 22, 2011
It's a slick, cleverly plotted thriller with plenty of twists, smart hard-boiled dialogue and fine supporting performances...
March 20, 2011
Who knew cheesy one-liners and pro-bono work could simultaneously represent the worst impulses Hollywood has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
March 20, 2011
Haller's a twerp, he's a twonk, he's a slick-haired smoothie who plays by the "doesn't play by the rules" rules to the letter.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2011
There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies -- there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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March 18, 2011
Just when you thought Matthew McConaughey had settled into pre-retirement content to play the (dry-aged) beefcake in a string of dippy romantic comedies, the actor comes roaring back with some real acting.
March 18, 2011
That the premise of the film doesn't make a ton of sense shouldn't dissuade you if you're in the mood for a little escape.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 18, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is not a feat of genre-breaking design. But it is a well-oiled machine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
The ride can be a bit bumpy, but The Lincoln Lawyer gets you where you're going.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2011
It would be more fun if the hero were a little more colorful. All Matthew McConaughey's Haller has to his character is his cockiness, and that gets a bit tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2011
This is rock-solid entertainment. McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
With at least three-too-many endings, paper-thin supporting characters, and predictable twists, The Lincoln Lawyer doesn't deliver as a thriller even if its title character is one of the most interesting of the year to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2011
Matthew McConaughey, freed at last from several awful movies, seizes his chance impressively.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2011
McConaughey has struggled to launch any plausible franchises in the past decade - Sahara didn't work. We could do a lot worse than see him in more films like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" just may have the makings of a terrific franchise, if only because it finds McConaughey so clearly in his comfort zone after a string of forgettable romantic comedies and action pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
Calling big-screen legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" the best TV pilot I've seen in a while really isn't meant as a putdown -- the truth is, there's more good stuff on the tube these days than in theaters, especially at this time of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2011
Fellow jurors, let's remember The Lincoln Lawyer at its best and deliver a generous verdict -- an innocent entertainment, with extenuating circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
Like its hero, this is a slick and polished piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 18, 2011
McConaughey is well cast as Mickey. He has the surface, slightly seedy charm of a trial lawyer.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 18, 2011
One of the year's most delightful Hollywood surprises.
March 18, 2011
The spotlight is firmly on McConaughey, but he earns all the attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
It marches at an efficient pace, but there's too much collateral damage to believability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" is workmanlike, engagingly acted and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2011
McConaughey is the definition of a movie star here, sitting back and allowing his charm to imbue the entire film.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 17, 2011
While Furman shows a mostly steady hand with his actors, the narrative flow trips things up considerably. Connelly's book turns out to be too much for screenwriter John Romano to handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 17, 2011
This screen adaptation of Michael Connelly's clever legal thriller is stylish, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining.
March 17, 2011
This pungent neo-noir can be sleazy and over-familiar, but like the protagonist, it's so smart and crafty that you may forgive its flaws.
March 17, 2011
Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
Lincoln is smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" moves through its paces as smoothly as Mickey strolls through a courtroom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
Brad Furman's movie is shamelessly entertaining and the best thing in it is McConaughey's Mickey Haller, known as "the Lincoln lawyer" because his office is his Town Car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
It's a world of cynical lawyers cutting deals, careworn cops and cons brooding over sinister secrets. How about letting director Brad Furman adapt something by Carl Hiaasen or Elmore Leonard?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 17, 2011
The film devolves into the cozily predictable world of TV legal dramas, abandoning the moral uncertainty of its opening scenes...
March 17, 2011
Admit it, when you hear the phrase "a Matthew McConaughey movie,'' your expectations slip into the basement, yes? Yes. On that score, this adaptation of a best-selling Michael Connelly crime thriller is an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2011
Matthew McConaughey should always play lawyers. There's something smirky, cocky and untrustworthy about his demeanor -- he slides through every movie like a greased weasel, but in The Lincoln Lawyer, it works.
Read More | Original Score: 7.5/10
March 17, 2011
[McConaughey] makes the film move briskly and watchably ... with the same battered pretence at old world stylishness as his title-inspiring car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 17, 2011
Most fans of the novel would probably tell you McConaughey isn't someone they had pictured in the lead role, but he works out just fine, his laid-back, breezy charisma exactly what Mickey requires to do his job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is an enjoyable piece of pop entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2011
Return to old school court room who done it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2011
In "The Lincoln Lawyer," McConaughey once again takes off his shirt, but only for a minute. I'm happy to report that he spends most of his time acting, while clothed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2011
[McConaughey] still looks great arguing in a courtroom, still delivers his lines with a variable drawl implying barbecue for dinner.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 16, 2011
...a pretty decent entertainment, although it does have a pretty challenging time covering up the fact that the genre hasn't got a whole lot of new tricks in its bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2011
It's not ambitious, but this sleek, commercial legal thriller is much more engaging than I expected it to be. McConaughey adds his extra dash of roguish charm.
March 16, 2011
McConaughey must still think he's starring in television commercials, his original forte.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2011
As devoid of spontaneity as a D.A.'s defense strategy, this adaptation of fiction machine Michael Connelly's 2005 legal thriller is both convoluted and completely predictable.
March 9, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is a quintessential airport-novel kind of movie, possessing no great qualities or ambitions.
March 9, 2011
A moderately entertaining crime drama from people who know their way around a bloody knife or suspicious evidence.
March 9, 2011
A good-old-fashioned courtroom thriller, The Lincoln Lawyer offers modest but sturdy pleasures, chief among them a strong cast and a page-turner of a story.