The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

Mick Haller (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Towncar. Having spent most of his career defending petty gutter-variety criminals, he unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills realtor (RYAN PHILLIPPE) who is accused of attempted rape and murder. However, what appears in the beginning to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation. 3.4 out of 5 based on 14 reviews
The Lincoln Lawyer

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Certificate 15
Genre Drama
Director Brad Furman
Cast Ryan Phillippe, Marisa Tomei Matthew McConaughey
Studio Entertainment UK
Release Date March 2011
Running Time 119 mins
 

Mick Haller (MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY) is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Towncar. Having spent most of his career defending petty gutter-variety criminals, he unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills realtor (RYAN PHILLIPPE) who is accused of attempted rape and murder. However, what appears in the beginning to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation.

Reviews

Empire Magazine

James White

A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.

19/03/2011

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

...the week's unexpected treat: a terrific LA noir thriller based on a novel by Michael Connelly. It stars Matthew McConaughey, who gives a career-best performance...

17/03/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

If you enjoy a good, solid, conventional thriller like Jagged Edge or Primal Fear, this is of similar quality.

18/03/2011

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The Times

Wendy Ide

It’s predictable certainly, but it’s also slick, highly entertaining and peppered with lines that land as satisfyingly as a pocketed pool ball.

18/03/2011

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The Sunday Times

Cosmo Landesman

Raw and funky stylistically, The Lincoln Lawyer has a kind of 1970s Shaft groove to it, and McConaughey is terrific in the role of the outlaw lawyer outwitting the system.

20/03/2011

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The Observer

Phillip French

It's a slick, cleverly plotted thriller with plenty of twists, smart hard-boiled dialogue and fine supporting performances, most especially William H Macy as a seedy private eye who's rightly proud of his investigative skills.

20/03/2011

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

...sleek, assured and downright entertaining...

20/03/2011

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Total Film

James Mottram

Engrossing. A classy cast juice up this workmanlike but compelling courtroom saga, with Matthew McConaughey – so long starved of a decent lead – on fire.

19/03/2011

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The New York Times

Manohla Dargis

...solid and satisfying....

17/03/2011

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The Daily Telegraph

Tim Robey

A revolving door of support thesps (Marisa Tomei, Josh Lucas) lend a little class, in what often feels less like a standalone movie than a solidly absorbing, Murder One-ish TV pilot. There’s enough to grab you, wildly improbable though the courtroom stunts get.

18/03/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

Like its hero, this is a slick and polished piece of work, not so much for the tangled legal shenanigans of the final half-hour – courtroom drama nearly always deflates the tension – but for supporting turns by William H Macy as Haller's private investigator and Marisa Tomei (underused) as his prosecutor ex-wife.

18/03/2011

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The Los Angeles Times

Betsy Sharkey

While Furman shows a mostly steady hand with his actors, the narrative flow trips things up considerably. Connelly's book turns out to be too much for screenwriter John Romano to handle... "Lincoln's" saving grace is the way McConaughey manages to be magnetic against all odds.

18/03/2011

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The Financial Times

Nigel Andrews

McConaughey plies his elaborately hick southern accent. He sounds as if he spent his childhood doing door-to-door readings from Huckleberry Finn: maybe that is his appeal. He makes the film move briskly and watchably, though, with the same battered pretence at old world stylishness as his title-inspiring car.

16/03/2011

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Time Out

Joshue Rothkopf

In theory, there’s nothing wrong when a movie reminds you of TV. But when a movie resembles a long-lost episode of ‘The Rockford Files’, that is a problem.

17/03/2011

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