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The Lincoln Lawyer
No, not Abe trying his hand at courtroom drama

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Michael Connelly (McConaughey) runs a law office out of his car, but things get interesting when rich guy Louis Roulet (Phillippe) needs defending.

After a few dull rom-coms and the self-indulgent Surfer, Dude, Matthew McConaughey washes up in a film that suits his easygoing charm. Based on the book by Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer finds him as Mick Haller, a smooth talkin’ shyster-with-a-heart who takes meetings with clients from his car. Director Furman smartly knows when to change gears, however, and Haller’s latest case, defending the privileged Louis Roulet (Phillippe) is a thorny chunk of criminal business. Such is the mesh between man and role that McConaughey easily slips from smarmy to something deeper and darker when his dysfunctional family (including Tomei as the prosecutor ex-wife he still hooks up with) is threatened. It’s all part of a solid little thriller, which, if there’s any justice, will lead to more cases for Haller.

A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.

Reviewed by James White

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This is the sort of highfalutin’ nonsense that only seems to exist in the minds of Hollywood script writers and novelists. A preposterous plot that seems to have been cudgelled from any number of TV episodes of CSI littered with ciphers and stereotypes by the bushel. The conflicted protagonist who “ does the right thing” because in the end “it’s the right thing to do”, his best friend investigator who has “dead meat “ plastered all over his forehea... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 16:44, 01 November 2013 | Report This Post

The Lincoln Lawyer: Review

The Lincoln Lawyer is a very good film. The story is just enjoyable to learn about and the actors did a solid performance for their characters. My only problem with this film is there isnt really any twists with the film on the predictable courtroom thriller formula. I would recommend to go see this film. ... More

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Posted by Edward9630 at 02:42, 08 August 2011 | Report This Post

Good but not Excellent

Apart from the odd moments where he tended to overact (a hard nosed lawyer hitting the bottle so soon? It was before his mate was shot, as well) It's refreshing to see Matthew McConaughey in something good for a change. I was hoping his streak of crap films would come to an end sometime, and they have. This was a slick, entertaining, stylish thriller with an awesome opening. Maybe next time they could perhaps straighten out the plot a bit next time, to get the most out of it. ... More

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Posted by TheMovieAddict101 at 11:04, 17 July 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

this movie is great, a real movie, with matthew mcconaghey giving his first real performance in a long time. ... More

Posted by myduilaw at 20:20, 16 April 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

true grit was pulled early from our local cinema so went to see LL instead, didt have high hopes for it but was pleasantly surprised, genuinely didnt know how the film was going to finish, was mentioned above this it has a 90's vibe to it - have to agree, was a bit of a throwback, good stuff ... More

Posted by bid red mcneil at 11:17, 12 April 2011 | Report This Post



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Posted by chrisdagnall at 18:14, 07 April 2011 | Report This Post

Very enjoyable but instantly forgettable. ... More

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Posted by blindlemonpie at 04:19, 03 April 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

L: robcas20 How come here it gets four stars, yet in the magazine it gets 3??? noticed this as well . . . frankly I think 3 is more accurate though, the review in the mag is also shorter ... More

Posted by musht at 17:35, 02 April 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

How come here it gets four stars, yet in the magazine it gets 3??? ... More

Posted by robcas20 at 09:05, 01 April 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

Just watched it, not too bad, although going from the trailers I was expecting something a bit more thriller-esque. I thought Philleppe's character would end up being more menacing, whereas sadly he just kept coming across as a mild inconvenience now and again, rather than any sort of serious threat. Worth a gander, although it could be enjoyed equally as much watching it at home when it hits DVD. 3/5. ... More

Posted by captainrentboy at 18:57, 27 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: old school thrills

Had nothing to see this weekend, so went to see this yesterday evening. Boy, am I glad I did. A really fun, entertaining thriller, that is not always predictable. Reccomend. ... More

Posted by nhassell at 14:04, 27 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: old school thrills

The Lincoln Lawyer was ok. It is just something about McConaughey that is repetitive and anoying at times. However, I think that he has raised the bar a bit in this movie. A ... More

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Posted by AlanCJ at 16:31, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: old school thrills

could have been a better adaptation of a book which I would thoroughly recommend but a solid enjoyable film all round and McConaughey was perfect casting for Haller ... More

Posted by musht at 12:18, 21 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: old school thrills

Yeah, it would be nice to see more cases for Haller, whether on TV or in the cinema - but then I'd have happily watched a few more adventures of ghey Pitt and the gang from /b] too. coln Lawyerod stuff - if not particularly cinematic. It was breezy, clever and satisfying. JEDI BOBSTER ... More

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Posted by JediBobster at 23:15, 20 March 2011 | Report This Post

old school thrills

Oh, how refreshing. Cracking stuff. McConaughey is the man. Also, nice to see a LA based thriller that only sees a gun fired twice. Why don't they make more like this?! Has a old-school 90's vibe to it. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 21:02, 20 March 2011 | Report This Post

RE: The Lincoln Lawyer

"McConaughey doing what he does best", doesn't he take his shirt off in EVERY movie? Looking forward to seeing this, just finished the book and I can that it should be easy enough to make into a film ... More

Posted by musht at 18:03, 18 March 2011 | Report This Post

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