• R, 1 hr. 55 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    John Hillcoat
    In Theaters:
    Aug 29, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 27, 2012
  • The Weinstein Company


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Lawless Reviews

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Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine

Hillcoat makes a foray into Virginia's Prohibition-era moonshine country. But the adaptation (by Hillcoat compadre Nick Cave) is a hokey piece of pop history that wearyingly insists upon its own mythos like a comic-book blockbuster.

Full Review Source: Film Comment Magazine

July 1, 2013
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

This fact-based drama succeeds because of its great cast and its strong story of loyalty and brotherhood.

Full Review Source: Big Hollywood | Original Score: 5.0/5

June 30, 2013
Will Leitch

The movie is smart and focused on what it's trying to be.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: B

June 23, 2013
David Thomson
The New Republic
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It's slight and casual to the point of laziness, but it's straight fun, done with knowledge and a laconic pleasure. You could do far worse.

Full Review Source: The New Republic

June 14, 2013
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger

Hillcoat exhausts every gangster cliché he can cram into a would-be epic distilling hooch, cooch and putsch into a diluted Scorsese mash.

Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger | Original Score: B-

May 26, 2013
Meredith Borders
Badass Digest

If only LAWLESS weren't such a superficial endeavor, these parts would add up to a very entertaining whole. As is, the movie is fun while it lasts but forgettable soon after.

Full Review Source: Badass Digest

April 3, 2013

A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills.

Full Review Source: Film4

March 4, 2013
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground

An impressive Aussie line-up shines in this tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers.

Full Review Source: Concrete Playground | Original Score: 3/5

March 3, 2013
Eric Melin

Lawless features a unique villain and several great supporting actors, but none of them are able to rise above what is pretty standard crime movie material with nothing really new added to the mix.

Full Review Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2/4

December 20, 2012
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

Lawless is a compellingly nutty and uneven gangster film.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

November 28, 2012
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

fairly entertaining

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

November 11, 2012
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Appropriately solemn and violent, yet strangely lifeless. I imagine a better film was lost in the editing room, and will hopefully be found on Blu-ray.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 5, 2012
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Tale of bootleggers has genre kick

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

October 20, 2012

Every time things heat up, the film down-shifts just long enough to keep you from getting too engaged in the characters, some of whom disappear for reels before popping up again.

Full Review Source: 3AW | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 19, 2012
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Just as he did in his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Hillcoat creates a very specific and unnerving sense of place in Lawless.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

October 19, 2012
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

...[Hillcoat] has an ability to capture violence in a way that breaks through a century of cinematic desensitisation - when someone gets hurt in a John Hillcoat film you feel it.

Full Review Source: The Aristocrat | Original Score: 4/5

October 15, 2012
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane

The strong narrative will keep you interested. The graphic depiction of the violence also gives Lawless a heavy dose of realism.

Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane | Original Score: B+

October 15, 2012

Director John Hillcoat's terrifically acted prohibition era thriller, inspired by the real-life story of the Bondurant brothers, shows how the American dream starting to go wrong - before it even existed.

Full Review Source: Crikey

October 15, 2012
Tim Martain
The Mercury

Don't expect to be carried along by big action and cliched dialogue, Lawless expects you to do some of the work yourself by immersing yourself in this richly textured world.

Full Review Source: The Mercury | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 12, 2012
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

The film as a whole is no classic. Between sporadic bursts of very intense violence, there are often drifty, drowsy scenes that struggle to justify their relevance.

Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 3/5

October 12, 2012
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