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The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

March 26, 2011
It's really just a solid courtroom drama, but these days moviegoers should take what they can get.
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.
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
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March 18, 2011
Just when you thought Matthew McConaughey had settled into pre-retirement content to play the (dry-aged) beefcake in a string of dippy romantic comedies, the actor comes roaring back with some real acting.
March 18, 2011
That the premise of the film doesn't make a ton of sense shouldn't dissuade you if you're in the mood for a little escape.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 18, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is not a feat of genre-breaking design. But it is a well-oiled machine.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
The ride can be a bit bumpy, but The Lincoln Lawyer gets you where you're going.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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
March 18, 2011
This is rock-solid entertainment. McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" just may have the makings of a terrific franchise, if only because it finds McConaughey so clearly in his comfort zone after a string of forgettable romantic comedies and action pictures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
Calling big-screen legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" the best TV pilot I've seen in a while really isn't meant as a putdown -- the truth is, there's more good stuff on the tube these days than in theaters, especially at this time of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2011
Fellow jurors, let's remember The Lincoln Lawyer at its best and deliver a generous verdict -- an innocent entertainment, with extenuating circumstances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 18, 2011
One of the year's most delightful Hollywood surprises.
March 18, 2011
The spotlight is firmly on McConaughey, but he earns all the attention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
March 18, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" is workmanlike, engagingly acted and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
March 17, 2011
This screen adaptation of Michael Connelly's clever legal thriller is stylish, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining.
March 17, 2011
This pungent neo-noir can be sleazy and over-familiar, but like the protagonist, it's so smart and crafty that you may forgive its flaws.
March 17, 2011
Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 17, 2011
Lincoln is smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 17, 2011
"The Lincoln Lawyer" moves through its paces as smoothly as Mickey strolls through a courtroom.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
Brad Furman's movie is shamelessly entertaining and the best thing in it is McConaughey's Mickey Haller, known as "the Lincoln lawyer" because his office is his Town Car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 17, 2011
The script is legal boilerplate bolted to mundane characters, the acting is baked-ham buffet, and the direction is basic cable mediocrity incarnate. It's the most unrewarding two hours you could spend in a theater, short of a total power outage.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
March 17, 2011
The film devolves into the cozily predictable world of TV legal dramas, abandoning the moral uncertainty of its opening scenes...
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
March 17, 2011
Most fans of the novel would probably tell you McConaughey isn't someone they had pictured in the lead role, but he works out just fine, his laid-back, breezy charisma exactly what Mickey requires to do his job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is an enjoyable piece of pop entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 16, 2011
Return to old school court room who done it.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
March 16, 2011
In "The Lincoln Lawyer," McConaughey once again takes off his shirt, but only for a minute. I'm happy to report that he spends most of his time acting, while clothed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2011
[McConaughey] still looks great arguing in a courtroom, still delivers his lines with a variable drawl implying barbecue for dinner.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 16, 2011
...a pretty decent entertainment, although it does have a pretty challenging time covering up the fact that the genre hasn't got a whole lot of new tricks in its bag.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2011
McConaughey must still think he's starring in television commercials, his original forte.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 15, 2011
As devoid of spontaneity as a D.A.'s defense strategy, this adaptation of fiction machine Michael Connelly's 2005 legal thriller is both convoluted and completely predictable.
March 9, 2011
The Lincoln Lawyer is a quintessential airport-novel kind of movie, possessing no great qualities or ambitions.
March 9, 2011
A moderately entertaining crime drama from people who know their way around a bloody knife or suspicious evidence.