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  • Summary: Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Haller has spent most of his career defending garden-variety criminals, until he lands the case of a lifetime: defending a Beverly Hills playboy accused of murder. But the seemingly straightforward case suddenly develops into a deadly game of survival for Haller. "The Lincoln Lawyer" is based on the best-selling Michael Connelly novel.(Lionsgate)


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Mar 14, 2011
    80
    The most surprising courtroom drama since 1985's "Jagged Edge," The Lincoln Lawyer is a don't-miss cinematic page-turner with enough twists to fill five movies.
  2. Reviewed by: James White
    Mar 19, 2011
    80
    A solid thriller with McConaughey doing what he does best.
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 16, 2011
    75
    Populated with a peerless supporting cast, actors who bring just the right history to their roles.
  4. Reviewed by: Rick Groen
    Mar 17, 2011
    75
    What began as quick and engaging, Hollywood craft at its most proficient, ends as dull and predictable, Hollywood product back in formulaic mode.
  5. Reviewed by: Kirk Honeycutt
    Mar 9, 2011
    70
    The film is only "superior" though, not great. The themes feel shopworn and devotee of crime fiction can point to the any number of antecedents for these characters.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 18, 2011
    63
    Strikes an uneasy compromise between liberty and justice. It marches at an efficient pace, but there's too much collateral damage to believability.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Mar 18, 2011
    20
    There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies - there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 46
  2. Negative: 1 out of 46
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    10
    A tight, gripping legal thriller from start to finish. This is the role Matthew Mcconaughhey was born to play. Intelligent, funny, and utterly enthralling- courtroom dramas don't get much better than this. One of last year's best movies- a shame the critics don't seem to agree. Expand
  2. Jul 20, 2011
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Very watchable movie. Matthew delivers as the slick, street-smart lawyer who knows how to play people. There were a couple of nice twists which made it fun to watch, and kept you on the edge of your seat. Among the best films of 2011 so far ! Expand
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    8
    Don't like MM at ALL but really enjoyed the pace and the story, albeit formulaic. So I recommend, despite MM. A good matinee value, and some quirky characters around the main star. Expand
  4. Feb 23, 2013
    8
    The Lincoln Lawyer is based on the best selling novel by Michael Connelly and he isn't the typical lawyer you've seen portrayed in every John Grisham/Law Order wannabe. Matthew McConaughey is great as Mick Haller. This guy is unbelievably smart, charming, and refreshing. McConaughey takes the brains from a Time To Kill, throws in the swagger of Sahara, and adds in the stellar writing of Connelly, (who mixes old school wit and modern ideals), to create a character that is easily the best of his career. It honestly seems to me like the role was written for McConaughey, it is that good of a match. Ryan Phillippe plays Haller's client in the film and continues to blossom from the shy southern boy in White Squall to a guy who will one day be a major player in Hollywood. It's hard to review a film like this without spoilers, all I can tell you is this. The Lincoln Lawyer is one of the smartest movies I've seen in a long time. The writing is phenomenal, the acting is top notch, and in a slow year for movies, this is a hidden gem! Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2011
    7
    Furnam delivers as a witty, charming and entertaining courtroom drama, in a genre which usually brings audiences mediocracy, this one comes with a bit of an umph. Marisa Tomei is delightful in everything she does lately. Expand
  6. Mar 21, 2011
    7
    I loved the book and the movie wasn't quite as good as the book, but it was OK. I thought the acting was fine. I don't like Ryan Phillipe at all, but I have to admit he played a really good homicidal killer role. All in all, reasonably enjoyable and an easy watch. Expand
  7. Aug 23, 2013
    5
    Basically a routine Law and Order episode stretched out into a full length film. These stories are always somewhat interesting but hardly original. All those plot twists are lazy and predictable. Expand

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