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The Counselor Reviews

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October 20, 2017
... overall, Ridley Scott's The Counselor is a mess, and falls somewhere on the spectrum between "not good" and "ambitious debacle".
July 14, 2016
A masterful film, one that succeeds in conveying the nature of a cold, uncaring cosmos with remorseless tenacity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 22, 2016
For all its perceptible pleasures, one's left to ask how well-served any of its talents were in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 18, 2016
With the exception of Bardem's hilarity, Fassbender's plumbing the depths of great grief, and Pitt and Rubén Blade's gangster poetics, the word for the film overall is 'Meh.'
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
April 13, 2016
[McCarthy] reminds us (with a particularly American sensibility) that this world is broken and tragic and not fair, and that pushing past that fact too fast is an error we can't afford to make, for the good of our souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 9, 2016
At least Bardem continues to make the case that he doesn't have a bad performance in him, even in a film as lackluster as this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
July 14, 2015
The movie is full of odd one-on-one conversations that may exasperate those who want the film to get to the point, but the dialogue is the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
October 10, 2014
Despite some lovely exchanges and cracking lines, The Counsellor is too complex and wordy for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2014
McCarthy's script is a huge misfire. Adapt this into a full-fledged novel, where an author can detail a character's history, beats, and motivations, and then you likely have a successful medium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 18, 2014
The Counselor is an ugly, ugly picture, even despite its absurdly attractive leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
August 1, 2014
With moments of true greatness and strong performances, the film still ultimately fails to live up to its potential for surprising reasons, while still being one of this year's most fascinating films to think about and discuss.
May 5, 2014
This isn't a thriller, this is far more than that: it's a journey to a very dark, very real place on Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 8, 2014
Half navel-gazing and half despair, and both feel like McCarthy's writing hallmarks wrenched tight to the point of self-parody. Even if that's the case, it's only involving in spasms, and the good parts go nowhere he hasn't been before.
Full Review | Original Score: D
April 4, 2014
McCarthy and Scott capitalize their themes: this is The End. This is The End of the Road, the End of Civilization, the End of Capitalism. This isn't neo-noir, it's über-noir.
February 26, 2014
I think I liked The Counselor?
Full Review | Original Score: 6 out of 10
January 2, 2014
You get the feeling that there's an extremely interesting story unfolding, but we're constantly on the periphery and there's not nearly enough substance to sink your teeth into.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 26, 2013
The plot is boring, who-cares nonsense. I think it's just unbelievably weird, and not only because Cameron Diaz screws a car.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 24, 2013
The script, packed with pretentious lines and silly dialogue, manages to dull even the most exciting and provocative parts of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 17, 2013
Whatever else happens in this movie, the woman who fucks a car is most audacious, most incomprehensible and the most deeply banal emblem, the limit of men's imaginations.
December 10, 2013
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.
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