Lawless Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
This fact-based drama succeeds because of its great cast and its strong story of loyalty and brotherhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
The movie is smart and focused on what it's trying to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
David Thomson
The New Republic
June 14, 2013
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.
Al Alexander
The Patriot Ledger
May 26, 2013
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 | Original Score: B-
March 4, 2013
A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills.
Tom Glasson
Concrete Playground
March 3, 2013
An impressive Aussie line-up shines in this tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
November 28, 2012
Lawless is a compellingly nutty and uneven gangster film.
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
November 11, 2012
fairly entertaining
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
October 20, 2012
Tale of bootleggers has genre kick
Perry Seibert
TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 19, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
October 15, 2012
...[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 | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
October 15, 2012
The strong narrative will keep you interested. The graphic depiction of the violence also gives Lawless a heavy dose of realism.
Full Review | 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.
Tim Martain
The Mercury
October 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
October 12, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
October 12, 2012
This Prohibition-era crime drama boasts bravura performances, unforgettable characters, moments of shocking violence, and enough in-your-face entertainment for three films.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
October 12, 2012
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.
Matt Neal
The Standard
October 12, 2012
A powerful story that packs a punch (plus a few stabbings and shootings).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ian Buckwalter
The Washingtonian
October 9, 2012
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 | Original Score: 7.5/10
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
October 9, 2012
Lawless is by no means a bad film, it's just a recipe with great ingredients that didn't fully deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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