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The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
March 24, 2011
This just looks like a cop show.
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
March 20, 2011
Who knew cheesy one-liners and pro-bono work could simultaneously represent the worst impulses Hollywood has to offer.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Simon Weaving
Screenwize
March 31, 2011
This slick but uncharismatic cat-and-mouse game between maverick lawyer and rich client, is courtroom drama far too fascinated by its own sense of cool to be anything more than easy on the mind television
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 17, 2011
While Furman shows a mostly steady hand with his actors, the narrative flow trips things up considerably. Connelly's book turns out to be too much for screenwriter John Romano to handle.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
March 18, 2011
occasionally approaches the gritty, profane, and darkly wise legal thriller that it wants to be, but never quite knows how to get there
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
March 18, 2011
There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies -- there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
March 17, 2011
Gets greedy, attempting to provide more than what the audience ultimately needs. It's one thing to supply all the answers, it's another to force-feed them to viewers, taking the mystery out of a serviceable whodunit.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
March 24, 2011
It has nothing to do with the capital of Nebraska or the former president. While you're watching it, though, you'll wish it did.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2011
A slice of sub-Grisham silliness that offers nothing that even the most casual consumers of legal thrillers haven't seen a dozen times before
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
March 18, 2011
With at least three-too-many endings, paper-thin supporting characters, and predictable twists, The Lincoln Lawyer doesn't deliver as a thriller even if its title character is one of the most interesting of the year to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Pais
RedEye
March 17, 2011
Surprisingly corny for a story that spends so much time dealing with prison and rape.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2011
After getting through its three different climaxes, each one more ridiculous than the last, the film supposedly settles into its moral statement about a man who learned his lesson and is now ready to do pro bono work for drug farmers.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 20, 2011
This is a grand vehicle for McConaughey.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 27, 2011
A cheesy, hard-boiled police procedural, tracing its antecedents back to Raymond Chandler.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 17, 2011
Admit it, when you hear the phrase "a Matthew McConaughey movie,'' your expectations slip into the basement, yes? Yes. On that score, this adaptation of a best-selling Michael Connelly crime thriller is an improvement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 18, 2011
It would be more fun if the hero were a little more colorful. All Matthew McConaughey's Haller has to his character is his cockiness, and that gets a bit tiresome.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2011
It marches at an efficient pace, but there's too much collateral damage to believability.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
March 17, 2011
Resembles a mundane two-hour episode of "Law & Order: Los Angeles."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
March 17, 2011
The film devolves into the cozily predictable world of TV legal dramas, abandoning the moral uncertainty of its opening scenes...
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
March 16, 2011
McConaughey must still think he's starring in television commercials, his original forte.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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