The Lincoln Lawyer (15)

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 15 2011

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. Based on Michael Connelly’s page turner, ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ cruises into gentle misadventures, much like its greasily charming hero: Mick (Matthew McConaughey), a lawyer who works out of his retro town car. A chauffeur serves as Mick’s captive audience, while his ex-wife (Marisa Tomei), also a lawyer, trades barbs and consents to nostalgia sex.Who’s that suspicious client?

Ryan Phillippe, of course. (Are you getting a sense of how middle of the road this is?) He can’t just be a wealthy estate agent accused of murder. Perhaps ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’ exists to lend definition to the soggy career of McConaughey, never quite the star he promised to be. Superior, if sidelined, are William H Macy as an investigator working with behind-the-curve Mick, and John Leguizamo as a mouthy bail bondsman. Set your alarm to wake you when the Ford administration ends
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15

UK release:

Fri Mar 18, 2011

Duration:

118 mins

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Helen

I loved this film! Not sure what the reviewer is talking about. Granted, the time constraints of the movie mean - as is often the case with adaptations of novels - that the books central tensions and plot twists lose a bit of impact. But a fantastic performance from Matthew McConaughey, and a thoroughly enjoyable, clever thriller.

david glowacki

l am a sucker for corporate America films,ie lawyers,financiers and deal makers.This is one such film and overall it is an enjoyable and mostly engrossing romp. The opening 20 mins is set out to show the greed of this lawyer by deceiving his own clients,but it is too caracatured and excessive, lacking subtlety.Then the film is terrific as the plot moves on at a pace. However being a Hollywood film it is spoilt by introducing too much intricacy,too much sub plot and too many over layers of intrique.in order to contrive an ending. The film ends up a mess and a parody of it's self.The lead role is weak as there is no depth and lacks conviction in his role. The film Michael Clayton with Tilda Swinton towers head and shoulders above this effort for power,thrills and simplicity,but it's as good as Hollwood will allow

Craigganmore

This film is based on a good book but is let down by some bad scripting and some really uninspiring acting. Matthew McConnaughey proves himself to be a poor leading actor, offering very little in terms of emotional range and settles for a bland, arrogantly detached persona that you find impossible to care about. The script is peppered by some awful dialogue and is uninspiring, overly straight and boring. If it was an original film it would deserve three stars but as it steals its best bits from a book it can only deserve two.

Matt

The cDon't listen to the Time Out critic - really enjoyed this movie

Matt

The cDon't listen to the Time Out critic - really enjoyed this movie

Mike

For a lawyer who rides around LA in a car with the registration plate “NTGUILTY�, Matthew McConaughey’s certainly culpable of appearing in a movie that trots out every legal cliché you can think of. At times the clichés are offensive, and at other times plain boring. At one point one of the guys in the row in front of me got out his smart phone and continued playing a game – I can’t say I blamed him. I felt like asking him to pass it around so everyone had a chance to relieve their boredom. . There are desperately bad loopholes in the storyline. McConaughey’s supposed to be playing a legal high flyer everyone wants to hire as their defence lawyer. He keeps his old clients’ files at home in clearly marked boxes. At least one of those clients is in jail for murder, yet McConaughey’s character has no intruder alarm system or CCTV on his home, and only a single lock on his glass panelled front door. Needless to say it’s not long before a couple of characters break in and “surprise� him. Trust me, you’ll want to groan. . Time Out’s Joshua Rothkopf is right – this movie feels like it was generated from some left over scripts from the Rockford Files. One star.

LBrown

I've just got back from the cinema and I'm wondering if I saw the same film as the reviewer. The Lincoln Lawyer I saw was a clever, intriguing and well-acted piece of work. I haven't read the book so had no idea what to expect. Anyone looking for a good legal thriller for adults with plenty of twists and turns should give this film a whirl. (And no, Time Out, I don't remember the Rockford Files, but if they were as good as this film, I might look up the dvd.)

LBrown

I've just got back from the cinema and I'm wondering if I saw the same film as the reviewer. The Lincoln Lawyer I saw was a clever, intriguing and well-acted piece of work. I haven't read the book so had no idea what to expect. Anyone looking for a good legal thriller for adults with plenty of twists and turns should give this film a whirl. (And no, Time Out, I don't remember the Rockford Files, but if they were as good as this film, I might look up the dvd.)