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Lawless Reviews

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September 6, 2012
An unsatisfying epilogue and unexplained climactic bout of insanity from Pearce's character let the whole thing down.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2012
Mainly, it's just an excuse for a lot of vacuous, macho strutting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 6, 2012
Whereas, for the most part, the film comes across as a competent muddle, it actually becomes full on disastrous when Pearce is on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 6, 2012
[It] is thoroughly corrupt in its lip-smacking love of violence and has a script, written by Nick Cave, so transparent it verges on the comic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 6, 2012
You may be laughing out loud at the very moment you're also feeling appalled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2012
With outstanding production design and one of the best ensembles of the year, John Hillcoat and Nick Cave have given us a deliciously full keg of story and character from which to replenish ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 5, 2012
Lawless is extremely well made, stylish and evocative of the era and it's far from chew-your-knuckles dull. However, its artistic pretensions fail to jazz up what is a very familiar and straightforward story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2012
A well made, beautifully shot and superbly acted bootlegging drama with a terrific score by screenwriter/composer Nick Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 5, 2012
You might have seen such a story before, but you almost certainly haven't been offered it in such engrossing terms.
September 5, 2012
The film is taglined 'When the law became corrupt, outlaws became heroes', but as a welcomely unheroic picture it rarely threatens to truly take off.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 5, 2012
There's a reason nobody's made a motion picture about the Bondurant Boys before now. As ruthless, gun-toting gangs go, they're kind of on the snoozy side.
September 4, 2012
The plot's layers keep us gripped to a tale in which the police are snarling villains and the criminals are likeable and loyal
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 4, 2012
The detail in the characters makes each of these people utterly riveting
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 4, 2012
The mood is like the cinematography: gloomy shades of brown.
September 4, 2012
It's like bad moonshine. It has some appeal and gets the job done, but it could have been better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 4, 2012
Very watered-down hooch
September 4, 2012
Exciting and gut-punch powerful...this is a lean, entertaining tale that far surpasses something like Public Enemies in making the style serve the story.
September 3, 2012
The center of narrative gravity is hard to locate; for whom are we rooting, and does anything really ripple outward from this nasty local fight?
September 3, 2012
This is a high-proof product, and some of its performances are intoxicating. But the plotting is also rougher than a jar of sourmash.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 3, 2012
Stylish and savage, but nothing you haven't seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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