“Why Just Why?”
“Great Director,great Cast But...?”
“It Was Too Gynecological To Be Sexy.”
“Cormac McCarthy Is Widely Known For His Descriptive And Bleak Poetic Prose. That Failed To Translate Onto The Screen, Creating A Cast Of Misfits Using Foreshadows And Lyrical Description To Display Their Fears For One Another.”
“Full Of Beautiful Prose & Stylish Visuals.”
“It Seems Impossible That A Stellar Cast Under The Guidance Of Such A Gifted Filmmaker And Writer Would Be A Step Above Awful.”
With Fassbender a blank patsy in one corner, and Diaz and Bardem hot-blooded horror shows in another, none of the actors or characters of The Counselor ever seem to exist together ...
Katey Rich - Guardian [UK]
"The Counselor" must have looked great on paper, but you can't believe a word of it.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Ultimately, this dull tour of a thieving, primal underworld is just a lot of high-talking hogwash.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The narrative twists itself into pretzels trying to stay ahead of the audience.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
This tony crime thriller exploits the brutality of the Central American drug trade for shock value but transpires mainly in the cool, moneyed world of the callous rich.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
It's an OK movie that seems like it should have been a great one, but falls well short of that mark.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Cormac McCarthy's first original script is nearly all dialogue, but it's a lousy story, ineptly constructed and rendered far too difficult to follow.
Peter Debruge - Variety
The only joy is in a horrified desire to see what craziness happens next.
Kate Erbland - Film.com
Despite its scaldingly hot cast and formidable writer/director combination, The Counselor is simply not a very likable or gratifying film. In fact, it's a bummer.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Wait, who IS this guy? Where did he come from? Did I miss something?
Jocelyn Noveck - Associated Press
Plays like a parody of a Cormac McCarthy adaptation...It's derivative nonsense.
Mary F. Pols - TIME Magazine
No amount of needless chatter can quite dilute the power of The Counselor's grim endgame, especially given the way its writer and director conspire to keep the threat offscreen, like some terrible, unseen force of nature.
A.A. Dowd - AV Club
You wait for "The Counselor" to get started and finally realize it never will - but you can, at least, enjoy the pictures.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
An odd yet fascinating extension to [Cormac McCarthy's] violent literary oeuvre.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
An unsettling anti-noir with surrealist comic tinges.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's as if 'Man Of Steel' was ninety minutes of supervillians sh*t-talking Superman, then casually sticking kryptonite in his face without even pretending it's a surprise.
Gabe Toro - The Playlist
A stack of "scene work" that will keep acting classes thrumming for years.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
I never thought a movie with this pedigree would remind me of 'Dawson's Creek.'
Matt Pais - RedEye
Life may be meaningless, but Cameron Diaz doing the (commando) splits on your windshield makes for a momentary distraction. I think we can all agree on that.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
There are good things in The Counselor, but The Counselor is not a good film.
Sean O'Connell - CinemaBlend.com
The film doesn't temper enough of Cormac McCarthy's excesses, but Ridley Scott and his ensemble find enough meat in his scenario to make for diverting, bloody pleasure.
Bill Weber - Slant Magazine
It's a dark film, offering unsettling images and uncomfortable situations, and it has moments of greatness, just not enough of them to generate a riveting sit.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Deeply convoluted, and at times howlingly insane. But it knows it makes no sense. In fact, it rubs our faces in it.
Bilge Ebiri - Vulture
Scott manages to have it both ways, succeeding as a nervy meditation on greed and fate while at the same time flaunting a slightly campy, showboating energy that always keeps the proceedings lively.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
"The Counselor" becomes a rough viewing experience. Challenging, even.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
Even with all of McCarthy's undeniably intelligent consideration of the underlying issues of the world in which people like this exist, he never gives us a reason to want to visit it.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
The Counselor is a very bad film, and I suspect that a lot of the actors knew that already as they did their work. It lacks clarity, plausibility, suspense, and purpose.
David Thomson - The New Republic
It doesn't add up to much, but it's an entertaining journey.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Almost 100 percent vague, pseudo-profound dialogue and virtually no exposition or character development.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly