The Lincoln Lawyer
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Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey barely keeps his head above water, representing low-life clients and working out of the back of his car. He thinks he's landed the case of a lifetime when he's hired to defend a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who stands accused of rape and attempted murder, and eagerly accepts his new client and the massive payoff that's sure to come with him. But Mickey soon discovers that he's become ensnared in a twisted plot where no fee in the world is high enough to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's really just a solid courtroom drama, but these days moviegoers should take what they can get."
‑ Rafer Guzman, Newsday
"Just when you thought Matthew McConaughey had settled into pre-retirement content to play the (dry-aged) beefcake in a string of dippy romantic comedies, the actor comes roaring back with some real acting."
‑ Ella Taylor, NPR
"A fast-paced intelligent legal thriller."
‑ John Hanlon, Big Hollywood
"The Lincoln Lawyer has one of the best ensembles of the year. We get a great performance by Matthew McConaughey and a truly exciting story."
‑ Billy Tatum, We Got This Covered
"...a perfectly serviceable legal thriller that passes the time and gets the job done..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It has nothing to do with the capital of Nebraska or the former president. While you're watching it, though, you'll wish it did."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"That the premise of the film doesn't make a ton of sense shouldn't dissuade you if you're in the mood for a little escape."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"It moves as a nice pace, is a smooth ride and doesn't require too much energy."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"Matthew McConaughey is the only actor in Hollywood who can swagger while sitting down. This is one role where that works, to perfection."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Crackles with crisp dialogue, a juicy plot punctuated with titillating twists and turns, and a strong cast of familiar faces."
‑ Neil Pond, American Profile
"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
"The Lincoln Lawyer is not a feat of genre-breaking design. But it is a well-oiled machine."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A much better version of this movie may exist somewhere in the editing-room blender, to be excavated by cine-archeologists of the future."
‑ Scott Foundas, Film Comment Magazine
"The whole falls short of the sum of impressive parts."
‑ Michael Dequina,
" of McConaughey's strongest performances."
‑ Michael A. Smith, MediaMikes
More reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer on Rotten Tomatoes

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