The Counselor 2013

The Counselor

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The Counselor raises expectations with its talented cast and creative crew -- then subverts them with a wordy and clumsy suspense thriller that's mercilessly short on suspense or thrills.

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A Bentley-driving Texas lawyer (Michael Fassbender) appears to have it all, including a beautiful fiancee named Laura (Penélope Cruz) -- but his financial needs force him to become involved in an ill-advised drug deal. His partners in the venture include middleman Westray (Brad Pitt), shady nightclub owner Reiner (Javier Bardem) and Malkina (Cameron Diaz), Reiner's sociopathic lover. Unsurprisingly, the counselor's deal spirals out of control, placing both him and Laura in mortal danger.

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Critic Reviews for The Counselor

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  • Jan 25, 2016
    Considering the amount of talent working together here both in front and behind the camera, this has to be one of the most catastrophic misfires of all times. While it is trying to make a point of the evilness of the world we live in, the result is way too long, confusing, uninteresting and simply ugly.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Counselor is expertly, though not amazingly, filmed. The cast does not disappoint, all play their roles quite well, none of them simply show up. The dialogue and plot have both their strong and weak points. The dialogue is erratic. At times it is very fresh and captivating but it can also sound stilted and go on too long (i.e. lines that work in a novel but not on the big screen). The overall length is about fifteen minutes too long. Many scenes need a trim and the film continues well past its dramatic climax to the point where it no longer is a story about the main character. But all-in-all, the strengths of the Counselor outweigh the weaknesses and the film is a refreshing change from the usual.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Inept and boring melodramatic waffle.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2014
    The Counselor had all the makings of a fine dramatic thriller, great cast, fine director, interesting premise, yet the result is underwhelming. I didn't think the film was awful like so many other viewers, but I felt that the film overall was overall bland, and it tried to be far too ambitious without exploring its ideas to the fullest, leaving a lot to be desired. The first half of the film I thought was very good, interesting and had enough for a great set up, but the second half, that's where things fall apart. I felt that during the film's second hour, the film was all over the place, and after a while, you simply lost interest and that's a shame because with the amount of talent involved, this film should really have been something great. The film's biggest problem is that the film's script is underdeveloped and there are far too many ideas that simply don't come to fruition. The Counselor could have been an engaging thriller, but it ends up being a mediocre film, despite a strong start. Don't go into this one expecting a good film, you'll sadly be disappointed, as this film never satisfies and it ends up being a waste of time. I love Ridley Scott, and he is one of my favorite directors, however here, he struck his first dud in many years, and that's saying something. Despite the talent involved here, the overall execution of the film is poor, and it leaves you wanting more out of the film. The idea was great, and it had the potential of being truly something impressive, but that was not to be. The Counselor doesn't thrill, enthrall or entertain, it just lingers for two hours with a two many wasted ideas stuck in a poorly held together screenplay that should definitely Have been reworked a bit more before the cameras started rolling.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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