The Counselor (2013)
Critic Consensus: 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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Critic Reviews for The Counselor
It's filthy, nasty, sexy, absurd, appalling, and exhilarating, and it succeeds as a musky union of novelist Cormac McCarthy's bleakness and Ridley Scott's sense of chic.
A great writer's pompous idea of pulp fiction, treated with stultifying seriousness by everyone else involved.
Each scene serves as little more than an index card for the mechanistic plot, which Scott films in a glossy and fluid style befitting an industrial promotion for the movie's high-tech weaponry.
The Counselor is the cumbersome end product of a high-minded writer trying to slum and a slick director aiming for cosmic depth.
It's not so much a bad film as it is a disappointing one. A very disappointing one.
Audience Reviews for The Counselor
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.
The most directionless and pointless movie that offers the audience nothing! Good cast but all forgettable in this wordy but stupid script! A truly lazy movie that should be avoided at all costs!
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.
The Counselor Quotes
|Ruth:||Thanks. I owe you.|
|Counselor:||Yes, you do.|
|Ruth:||How 'bout a blowjob?|
|Counselor:||You'd still owe me $380.|
|Westray:||If your definition of a friend is someone who will die for you, then you don't have any friends.|
|Diamond Dealer:||To partake of the stone's endless destiny, is that not the meaning of adornment? To enhance the beauty of the beloved is to acknowledge both her frailty and the nobility of that frailty. At our noblest, we announce to the darkness that we will not be diminished by the brevity of our lives.|