• 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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Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)

This Prohibition-era crime drama boasts bravura performances, unforgettable characters, moments of shocking violence, and enough in-your-face entertainment for three films.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

October 12, 2012
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

In the climax, Hillcoat brings it all back to where it began: as a folk tale. You could read it as a tale of the triumph of the small businessman.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

October 12, 2012
Matt Neal
The Standard

A powerful story that packs a punch (plus a few stabbings and shootings).

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

October 12, 2012
Simon Miraudo

Utterly untroubled by any expectation to entertain - or even mildly engage - the audience, Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave take a stroll through 1930s Virginia with the enthusiasm of beleaguered berry-pickers rather than raucous bootleggers.

Full Review Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 10, 2012
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian

The cinematic equivalent of a murder ballad: rambling, violent, and more concerned with style and presentation than meaningful character development. Which sounds like a complaint, but in the case of Lawless, is high praise.

Full Review Source: The Washingtonian | Original Score: 7.5/10

October 9, 2012
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Lawless is by no means a bad film, it's just a recipe with great ingredients that didn't fully deliver.

Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 9, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A sporadically watchable misfire...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2/4

October 8, 2012
Patrick Kolan
Shotgun Critic

As you'd expect from that kind of artistic pedigree, 'Lawless' is a well-oiled production that knows exactly what kind of film it is: a classic revenge tragedy with Tommy-guns and fiddles in the dustbowl South.

Full Review Source: Shotgun Critic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 8, 2012
Ed Gibbs
The Sun Herald

John Hillcoat's tale of Prohibition bootleggers boasts excellent performances, but doesn't feel as focused or nuanced as The Proposition (his last collaboration with Cave).

Full Review Source: The Sun Herald | Original Score: 6/10

October 7, 2012
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Tom Hardy leads a great ensemble cast in this story of a rural family reaching out for the American dream by giving America what it wanted most in 1931. Booze.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: B+

October 5, 2012
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A compelling, authentic eye-popping tale with a worthy and ready cast that forces any of the film's flaws to the back burner.

Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Original Score: B+

October 5, 2012
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire

One of the standout movies of the year, never mind the summer.

Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Original Score: 4/5

September 30, 2012
Ben Kendrick

Lawless may not entirely live up to the sum of all its celebrated parts but it succeeds in telling a riveting 'true life' historical drama.

Full Review Source: ScreenRant | Original Score: 4/5

September 27, 2012
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

... if you can take it, there's good stuff here ...

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

September 25, 2012
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

It offers an anti-romanticized history in which the violence is more brutal, the characters more deplorable, and the vengeance downright Biblical. It's not quite a cartoon, but it comes close.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

September 20, 2012
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Seems to have been cut on a tight deadline: Gangster Gary Oldman all but disappears after his Tommy gun-blazing entrance, and Jessica Chastain has little to do as an unlikely refugee-stripper turned Bondurant waitress-mascot.

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 17, 2012
Neil Pond
American Profile

Like the kickapoo hillbilly brew slow-cooking in one of the Bondurant stills, it packs a punch that may be thrilling to some, but possibly a bit too strong and unsettling for some stomachs.

Full Review Source: American Profile | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 14, 2012
Kristian Harloff
Schmoes Know

If you go in expecting full-on action you may be disappointed, but I did enjoy both the action and the slower beats, and for that I'm giving this 4/5 Schmoes.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 4/5

September 14, 2012
Mark Ellis
Schmoes Know

Bane leading the charge, the movie had a Public Enemies vibe to it. You feel totally immersed in this time and the southern dialect, a tough one to not go overboard on, was pulled off very well by all parties in the film.

Full Review Source: Schmoes Know | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 14, 2012

However, the most disturbing sight in the whole movie is Guy Pearce's greasy middle parting. His Charlie Rakes is a prancing psychopath; perhaps the most disturbing since the child-catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 7/10

September 13, 2012
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