The Lincoln Lawyer Reviews

  • [McConaughey] still looks great arguing in a courtroom, still delivers his lines with a variable drawl implying barbecue for dinner.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • What happened - did Matthew McConaughey roll out of bed one morning and decide that, after smiling through one too many schlocky movies, playing the pretty boy opposite Sandra-Kate-Jennifer, he wanted to do something decent?

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • This screen adaptation of Michael Connelly's clever legal thriller is stylish, suspenseful and thoroughly entertaining.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "The Lincoln Lawyer" just may have the makings of a terrific franchise, if only because it finds McConaughey so clearly in his comfort zone after a string of forgettable romantic comedies and action pictures.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Admit it, when you hear the phrase "a Matthew McConaughey movie,'' your expectations slip into the basement, yes? Yes. On that score, this adaptation of a best-selling Michael Connelly crime thriller is an improvement.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • As devoid of spontaneity as a D.A.'s defense strategy, this adaptation of fiction machine Michael Connelly's 2005 legal thriller is both convoluted and completely predictable.

    Mark Holcomb — Village Voice

  • There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies -- there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Lincoln is smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Criminal-defense attorneys are often viewed with disdain, and while director Brad Furman's adaptation of Michael Connelly's 2005 novel won't do much to change this, it does allow Matthew McConaughey to give his best performance in years.

    Gary Dowell — Dallas Morning News

  • The Lincoln Lawyer is not a feat of genre-breaking design. But it is a well-oiled machine.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • ...a pretty decent entertainment, although it does have a pretty challenging time covering up the fact that the genre hasn't got a whole lot of new tricks in its bag.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • "The Lincoln Lawyer" is workmanlike, engagingly acted and entertaining.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • This pungent neo-noir can be sleazy and over-familiar, but like the protagonist, it's so smart and crafty that you may forgive its flaws.

    Michael Wilmington — Chicago Reader

  • Brad Furman's movie is shamelessly entertaining and the best thing in it is McConaughey's Mickey Haller, known as "the Lincoln lawyer" because his office is his Town Car.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • The script is legal boilerplate bolted to mundane characters, the acting is baked-ham buffet, and the direction is basic cable mediocrity incarnate. It's the most unrewarding two hours you could spend in a theater, short of a total power outage.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The ride can be a bit bumpy, but The Lincoln Lawyer gets you where you're going.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • In "The Lincoln Lawyer," McConaughey once again takes off his shirt, but only for a minute. I'm happy to report that he spends most of his time acting, while clothed.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • The Lincoln Lawyer is a quintessential airport-novel kind of movie, possessing no great qualities or ambitions.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Calling big-screen legal thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer" the best TV pilot I've seen in a while really isn't meant as a putdown -- the truth is, there's more good stuff on the tube these days than in theaters, especially at this time of the year.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • The spotlight is firmly on McConaughey, but he earns all the attention.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

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