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The Counselor Reviews

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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon
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
Nick Newman
The Film Stage
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-
Mark Jackson
Epoch Times
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
Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
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
J. Olson
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
Rob Gonsalves
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
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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
Clayton Davis
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
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
August 18, 2014
The Counselor is an ugly, ugly picture, even despite its absurdly attractive leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
Mark Hughes
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.
Colin Biggs
Movie Mezzanine
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-
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
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
Ray Pride
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.
Fred Topel
February 26, 2014
I think I liked The Counselor?
Full Review | Original Score: 6 out of 10
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
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
Stephen Silver
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
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
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
Cynthia Fuchs
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.
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
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.
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
November 18, 2013
A spectacular feeding frenzy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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