Lawless Reviews

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
September 6, 2012
You may be laughing out loud at the very moment you're also feeling appalled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Justin Craig
FoxNews.com
September 5, 2012
With outstanding production design and one of the best ensembles of the year, John Hillcoat and Nick Cave have given us a deliciously full keg of story and character from which to replenish ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
September 5, 2012
Lawless is extremely well made, stylish and evocative of the era and it's far from chew-your-knuckles dull. However, its artistic pretensions fail to jazz up what is a very familiar and straightforward story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 5, 2012
A well made, beautifully shot and superbly acted bootlegging drama with a terrific score by screenwriter/composer Nick Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rich Phippen
Sky Movies
September 5, 2012
You might have seen such a story before, but you almost certainly haven't been offered it in such engrossing terms.
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
September 5, 2012
The film is taglined 'When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes', but as a welcomely unheroic picture it rarely threatens to truly take off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
September 5, 2012
There's a reason nobody's made a motion picture about the Bondurant Boys before now. As ruthless, gun-toting gangs go, they're kind of on the snoozy side.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
September 4, 2012
The plot's layers keep us gripped to a tale in which the police are snarling villains and the criminals are likeable and loyal
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
September 4, 2012
The detail in the characters makes each of these people utterly riveting
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
September 4, 2012
The mood is like the cinematography: gloomy shades of brown.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 4, 2012
It's like bad moonshine. It has some appeal and gets the job done, but it could have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
September 4, 2012
Very watered-down hooch
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
September 4, 2012
Exciting and gut-punch powerful...this is a lean, entertaining tale that far surpasses something like Public Enemies in making the style serve the story.
Top Critic
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 3, 2012
The center of narrative gravity is hard to locate; for whom are we rooting, and does anything really ripple outward from this nasty local fight?
Siobhan Synnot
Scotsman
September 3, 2012
This is a high-proof product, and some of its performances are intoxicating. But the plotting is also rougher than a jar of sourmash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jane Crowther
Total Film
September 3, 2012
Stylish and savage, but nothing you haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
September 3, 2012
An uneven mix of impressively executed, violent clichés about good ol' boys defending the American right to flout the law.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Craig Skinner
HeyUGuys
September 2, 2012
The various performances are all of an incredibly high standard, with some perhaps more inspired pieces of casting but others representing actors rising up to a reach a high bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
September 2, 2012
With the great cast and interesting subject matter, you expect more than this lackluster movie
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
September 2, 2012
This tangy tall tale moonshine noir uncorks on screen as a rare glimpse into the backwoods bootlegging flourishing back then. And an oddly comedic violent yarn, as narratively soaked in its own inebriated juices as the taboo product on tap in question.
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