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Lawless Reviews

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post
May 10, 2016
The film has jolts of dread and calculated savagery, and yet it feels prosaic and uninspired.
Meredith Borders
April 3, 2013
If only LAWLESS weren't such a superficial endeavor, these parts would add up to a very entertaining whole. As is, the movie is fun while it lasts but forgettable soon after.
Jonathan Lack
We Got This Covered
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
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Soren Anderson
Seattle Times
August 29, 2012
A character study that puts its focus on its least sympathetic characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
September 13, 2012
Measured performances from the leading triumvirate of LaBeouf, Hardy and Pearce wet the whistle but there's no long finish.
Simon Miraudo
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
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
August 29, 2012
A steady, though rather lifeless backwoods crime drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
August 28, 2012
Inauthentic, a movie pulled together by a lot of folks who had no feel for the setting or the story they were telling.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 29, 2012
I can only admire this film's craftsmanship and acting, and regret its failure to rise above them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
August 28, 2012
Hardy's an exceptional actor, and LaBeouf has a certain fizzy charisma, but they each twang embarrassingly every time they have a sentence or two to utter, and not even in a way that matches.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 29, 2012
This should've been a really good picture, especially with Hillcoat's crack ensemble. Instead it's a stilted battle waged between the material and the interpreters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 4, 2012
Very watered-down hooch
May 23, 2012
Blue Ridge Mountain veracity aside, the story's got to have more kick than some two-bit swill that even Ma Barker's Ma wouldn't swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
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Karina Longworth
L.A. Weekly
May 20, 2012
Never-not-fun junk food enlivened by good actors and a thin ghosting of Hollywood-style "relevancy", but only barely enough actual substance to keep the shoot-em-ups interesting.
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
Hillcoat makes a foray into Virginia's Prohibition-era moonshine country. But the adaptation (by Hillcoat compadre Nick Cave) is a hokey piece of pop history that wearyingly insists upon its own mythos like a comic-book blockbuster.
Kam Williams
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
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
September 9, 2012
Shia got on my nerves in this one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
August 30, 2012
Lawless fails to lay down the law.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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