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Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control. (c) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 34%

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"It's filthy, nasty, sexy, absurd, appalling, and exhilarating, and it succeeds as a musky union of novelist Cormac McCarthy's bleakness and Ridley Scott's sense of chic."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"The Counselor is the cumbersome end product of a high-minded writer trying to slum and a slick director aiming for cosmic depth."
‑ Sam Weisberg, Village Voice
"Despite some lovely exchanges and cracking lines, The Counsellor is too complex and wordy for its own good."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Mail
"With moments of true greatness and strong performances, the film still ultimately fails to live up to its potential for surprising reasons, while still being one of this year's most fascinating films to think about and discuss."
‑ Mark Hughes, Forbes
"McCarthy and Scott capitalize their themes: this is The End. This is The End of the Road, the End of Civilization, the End of Capitalism. This isn't neo-noir, it's über-noir."
‑ Ray Pride, Newcity
"A great writer's pompous idea of pulp fiction, treated with stultifying seriousness by everyone else involved."
‑ Guy Lodge, Time Out
"It's not so much a bad film as it is a disappointing one. A very disappointing one."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"McCarthy's script is a huge misfire. Adapt this into a full-fledged novel, where an author can detail a character's history, beats, and motivations, and then you likely have a successful medium."
‑ Clayton Davis,
"This isn't a thriller, this is far more than that: it's a journey to a very dark, very real place on Earth."
‑ Colin Biggs, Movie Mezzanine
"I think I liked The Counselor?"
‑ Fred Topel, CraveOnline
"Each scene serves as little more than an index card for the mechanistic plot, which Scott films in a glossy and fluid style befitting an industrial promotion for the movie's high-tech weaponry."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It's like a mumblecore movie about a bunch of Sarah Lawrence philosophy majors, made by coked-up rich people for 100 bajillion dollars."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"The Counselor is an ugly, ugly picture, even despite its absurdly attractive leads."
‑ Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
"Half navel-gazing and half despair, and both feel like McCarthy's writing hallmarks wrenched tight to the point of self-parody. Even if that's the case, it's only involving in spasms, and the good parts go nowhere he hasn't been before."
‑ Dan Schindel, Movie Mezzanine
"You get the feeling that there's an extremely interesting story unfolding, but we're constantly on the periphery and there's not nearly enough substance to sink your teeth into."
‑ Sam Bathe, Fan The Fire
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