The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.

Movie Info

Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey barely keeps his head above water, representing low-life clients and working out of the back of his car. He thinks he's landed the case of a lifetime when he's hired to defend a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who stands accused of rape and attempted murder, and eagerly accepts his new client and the massive payoff that's sure to come with him. But Mickey soon discovers … More

Rating: R (for some violence, sexual content and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: John Romano
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 12, 2011
Box Office: $58.0M
Lionsgate Films - Official Site


as Maggie McPherson

as Louis Roulet

as Ted Minton

as Val Valenzuela

as Cecil Dobbs

as Mary Windsor

as Detective Lankford

as Frank Levin

as Eddie Vogel

as Reggie Campo

as Lorna

as Jesus Martinez

as Corliss

as Detective Kurlen

as Detective Sobel

as Hayley Haller

as Judge Fullbright

as Bailiff Reynaldo

as Harold Casey

as Judge Orton Powell

as Prosecutor

as Van Nuys Judge

as Maggie's Co-Counsel

as Leslie Faire

as Officer Maxwell

as Officer # 2

as Officer # 3

as Minton's Secretary

as Golfer #1

as Golfer #2

as Golfer #3

as Junior Prosecutor

as Diner Waitress

as Donna Renteria

as San Quentin Guard

as Bartender

as L.A. Rehab Guard

as Court Clerk

as Assistant DA

as Charles Talbot

as Court Stenographer

as Van Nuys Judge
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Critic Reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (37)

A fast-paced intelligent legal thriller.

Full Review… | June 30, 2013
Big Hollywood

It moves as a nice pace, is a smooth ride and doesn't require too much energy.

Full Review… | June 22, 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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

The Lincoln Lawyer has one of the best ensembles of the year. We get a great performance by Matthew McConaughey and a truly exciting story.

Full Review… | June 2, 2013
We Got This Covered

Matthew McConaughey is the only actor in Hollywood who can swagger while sitting down. This is one role where that works, to perfection.

Full Review… | January 9, 2013
Tribune News Service

The whole falls short of the sum of impressive parts.

Full Review… | June 2, 2012

Audience Reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer


Great legal thriller with an excellent cast and plenty of twists. The major premise probably does not make all that sense but makes for an enthralling and entertaining case. Even if the final revelation falls a bit short, McConaughey makes it worth your time.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A magnificent courtroom drama/thriller that serves with the same extremities as the hammer of justice. The Lincoln Lawyer is mostly held up by the enigmatic performance from McConaughey as well as the supporting cast. With it's courtroom splendor and gritty thrills, the film is extraordinary. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Good adaptation of a great book, better than I would have expected and a sign of good things if the rest of the Mickey Haller books get made into movies. Now we just want to see a Harry Bosch movie.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

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