The Lincoln Lawyer 2011

The Lincoln Lawyer

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It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.

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Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey) is a charismatic defense attorney who does business out of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Mick spends most of his time defending petty crooks and other bottom-feeders, so it comes as quite a surprise when he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder. However, what Mick initially thinks is an open-and-shut case with a big monetary reward develops into something more sinister.

Cast & Crew

Marisa Tomei
Maggie McPherson
Ryan Phillippe
Louis Roulet
Josh Lucas
Ted Minton
John Leguizamo
Val Valenzuela
Michael Peña
Jesus Martinez
Bob Gunton
Cecil Dobbs
Frances Fisher
Mary Windsor
Bryan Cranston
Detective Lankford
John Romano
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Eric Reid
Executive Producer
David Kern
Executive Producer
Bruce Toll
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer

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  • Sep 30, 2014
    The film that marked a resurgence in McConaughey's career which finally led to his Oscar this year. He is on top form here and has gone onto even better since. He's joined by a great cast (with the only slightly weak being Phillipe) and the story, although predictable, is entertaining in a kind of John Grisham type of way. Not a classic film but nice to see an actor hitting his stride again.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 12, 2013
    Brad Furman's obnoxious, in-your-face visual style certainly cheapens the overall product, but it's the only problem that "The Lincoln Lawyer" really has. Story-wise, it's pretty entertaining. The plotting feels half-inspired from literally every crime novel out there, but the script doesn't feel derivative or like a knock-off. Matthew McConaughey manages to hold the film together with his cool, captivating performance even when we're not entirely convinced by much else that's going on. And the best part about "The Lincoln Lawyer" is that it's one of those movies where its creators don't even care that we aren't convinced either, and in a way, that makes it all the more fun.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    What a great movie--one of the more cerebral films I've seen in recent years. Not a fan of McConaughey but he's pretty good here.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 26, 2012
    A magnificent courtroom drama/thriller that serves with the same extremities as the hammer of justice. The Lincoln Lawyer is mostly held up by the enigmatic performance from McConaughey as well as the supporting cast. With it's courtroom splendor and gritty thrills, the film is extraordinary. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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