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Lawless is the true story of the infamous Bondurant Brothers: bootlegging siblings who made a run for the American Dream in Prohibition-era Virginia. In this epic gangster tale, inspired by true-life tales of author Matt Bondurant's family in his novel "The Wettest County in the World", the loyalty of three brothers is put to the test against the backdrop of the nation's most notorious crime wave. -- (C) Weinstein

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's slight and casual to the point of laziness, but it's straight fun, done with knowledge and a laconic pleasure. You could do far worse."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"With a dynamite cast, an iconic screenwriter in rocker Nick Cave and an Aussie director in John Hillcoat, you assume a new classic. What you get is an ambitious try."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Hillcoat makes a foray into Virginia's Prohibition-era moonshine country. But the adaptation (by Hillcoat compadre Nick Cave) is a hokey piece of pop history that wearyingly insists upon its own mythos like a comic-book blockbuster."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
"Hillcoat exhausts every gangster cliché he can cram into a would-be epic distilling hooch, cooch and putsch into a diluted Scorsese mash."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"An impressive Aussie line-up shines in this tale of Prohibition-era bootleggers."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The center of narrative gravity is hard to locate; for whom are we rooting, and does anything really ripple outward from this nasty local fight?"
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"You can sense the filth, and smell the rust, and feel the ingrained poverty that might well convince a family of survivors (of World War I and the Spanish flu) to make their fortune selling moonshine to their neighbors."
‑ John Anderson, Wall Street Journal
"This fact-based drama succeeds because of its great cast and its strong story of loyalty and brotherhood."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"If only LAWLESS weren't such a superficial endeavor, these parts would add up to a very entertaining whole. As is, the movie is fun while it lasts but forgettable soon after."
‑ Meredith Borders, Badass Digest
"Lawless features a unique villain and several great supporting actors, but none of them are able to rise above what is pretty standard crime movie material with nothing really new added to the mix."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Fans of The Proposition will have to settle for sublimely evil performances by Gary Oldman (as a murderous rival) and Guy Pearce (as a government agent) and a large quotient of gut-wrenching violence."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"There's something at the movie's heart that remains flimsy and inauthentic, a kid in his older brother's ill-fitting shoes."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"The movie is smart and focused on what it's trying to be."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A pumped-up, Hollywood-flavoured neo-Gothic Western delivering knockout performances and raw, corporeal thrills."
‑ Catherine Bray, Film4
"Lawless is a compellingly nutty and uneven gangster film."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
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