Lawless - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lawless Reviews

Page 2 of 11
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.
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
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
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.
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.
October 12, 2012
A powerful story that packs a punch (plus a few stabbings and shootings).
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
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
October 8, 2012
A sporadically watchable misfire...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 7, 2012
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 | Original Score: 6/10
October 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
October 5, 2012
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 | Original Score: B+
September 30, 2012
One of the standout movies of the year, never mind the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 27, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2012
... if you can take it, there's good stuff here ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
September 20, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2012
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Page 2 of 11