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Lawless Reviews

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September 14, 2012
Like the kickapoo hillbilly brew slow-cooking in one of the Bondurant stills, it packs a punch that may be thrilling to some, but possibly a bit too strong and unsettling for some stomachs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2012
If you go in expecting full-on action you may be disappointed, but I did enjoy both the action and the slower beats, and for that I'm giving this 4/5 Schmoes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2012
Bane leading the charge, the movie had a Public Enemies vibe to it. You feel totally immersed in this time and the southern dialect, a tough one to not go overboard on, was pulled off very well by all parties in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 13, 2012
However, the most disturbing sight in the whole movie is Guy Pearce's greasy middle parting. His Charlie Rakes is a prancing psychopath; perhaps the most disturbing since the child-catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 13, 2012
Lawless is a failure. It is a difficult and infuriating movie to sit through, one that does not reward the audience's patience with anything of substance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 13, 2012
Measured performances from the leading triumvirate of LaBeouf, Hardy and Pearce wet the whistle but there's no long finish.
September 13, 2012
Between the impressive acting from all involved and the classic cars, clothes and guns on display, the film becomes a loving ode to the era, with magnificent attention to detail
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2012
Director John Hillcoat digs into this dirt-brown world of tough times and tougher men with the intensity he brought to Australia's wilderness in The Proposition, drenching it with just as much blood.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 10, 2012
... the best Michael Cimino film not directed by Cimino ... a richly appointed family saga that doles out heartland mythology, old-time religion, star-crossed romance and thick, gooey swaths of the red stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2012
Casting and acting here leave nothing to be desired -- to say nothing about rich cinematography and deeply drawn characters seen from dual perspectives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2012
It's a slow, painterly movie with sudden, sustained outbursts of violence.
September 9, 2012
An over-the-top indulgence in sadism strictly recommended for folks with a stomach for gangster fare so gruesome as to border on the cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
September 9, 2012
Shia got on my nerves in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 8, 2012
This is a classier, bloodier version of "Thunder Road" with hot rods, fast chicks, romance, revenge and a war between moonshiners and organized crime hoods.
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 7, 2012
( .. ) after starting off narrating the story very well indeed, [Shia LaBeouf] ends up mumbling too much. Come again?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2012
A moderately crafted assemblage of violent rural American stereotypes. Falls far short of the high bar set by "The Proposition."
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
September 7, 2012
While it isn't the perfect marriage, Lawless blends stylish originality with genre standards into a mixture as potent and explosive as Virginia moonshine.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
September 7, 2012
Hardy is a fierce anti-hero, well matched against the manic, leather-gloved Pearce, but Hillcoat just cannot bring order to the chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 7, 2012
Certainly has its moments, yet lacks the tension of a real classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 7, 2012
For its dramatic simplicity, the film packs a hefty punch, exploring the bonds of trust that are tested to their limit in the face of the law.
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