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Lawless Reviews

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June 29, 2016
The recurring act of violence In 'Lawless' is a brass-knuckle punch to the throat. It's not pretty. The movie's not pretty either, but it's an instant gangster classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 15, 2016
A stylish, streamlined, and thrilling prohibition era action yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 30, 2013
This fact-based drama succeeds because of its great cast and its strong story of loyalty and brotherhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.0/5
June 23, 2013
The movie is smart and focused on what it's trying to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 14, 2013
It's slight and casual to the point of laziness, but it's straight fun, done with knowledge and a laconic pleasure. You could do far worse.
May 26, 2013
Hillcoat exhausts every gangster cliché he can cram into a would-be epic distilling hooch, cooch and putsch into a diluted Scorsese mash.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 4, 2013
A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills.
March 3, 2013
An impressive Aussie line-up shines in this tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 28, 2012
Lawless is a compellingly nutty and uneven gangster film.
November 11, 2012
fairly entertaining
October 20, 2012
Tale of bootleggers has genre kick
October 19, 2012
Just as he did in his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Hillcoat creates a very specific and unnerving sense of place in Lawless.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2012
...[Hillcoat] has an ability to capture violence in a way that breaks through a century of cinematic desensitisation - when someone gets hurt in a John Hillcoat film you feel it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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