The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A fast-paced intelligent legal thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
It moves as a nice pace, is a smooth ride and doesn't require too much energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine
June 20, 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.
Billy Tatum
We Got This Covered
June 2, 2013
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 | Original Score: 8/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 9, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Dequina
June 2, 2012
The whole falls short of the sum of impressive parts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 18, 2011
...a perfectly serviceable legal thriller that passes the time and gets the job done...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Crackles with crisp dialogue, a juicy plot punctuated with titillating twists and turns, and a strong cast of familiar faces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael A. Smith
August 16, 2011 of McConaughey's strongest performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
[It's] packed with great performances, intrigue, and gasp-worthy moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
May 12, 2011
Sprinkled with just enough humor to keep from getting too self-serious, it's briskly paced and gives McConaughey's fans something to brag about... Again.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dan Gear
May 5, 2011
Emerges as a cool, slick and entertaining courtroom drama with enough punch to hold its own in an overcrowded genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Lovell
May 4, 2011
That this mystery-thriller doesn't add up ‒ feels more than a little contrived ‒ says something about compromises made to keep the filmgoer from recoiling from the heel hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 28, 2011
Well-written, appropriately sour modern crime story.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 27, 2011
While not as significant as the Oscar nominated "Michael Clayton," "Lincoln" is an efficient and entertaining legal thriller.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
April 25, 2011
A delicious but not too-smooth take on LA noir. Tight shots keep us close to the ratcheting action, and there are just the right bits of grit, and the right pace to the twists, to make The Lincoln Lawyer a steadily seat-gripping cinematic cruise.
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 13, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
April 4, 2011
It feels like the best work [McConaughey has] done in years and if there's a sequel I won't mind one bit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Melin
April 3, 2011
In a nice twist, the central mystery of the plot is solved about halfway through the movie and it then becomes about some clever legal maneuvering on Mick's part.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James White
Empire Magazine
April 3, 2011
A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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