The Counselor
The Counselor (2013)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: February 11, 2014
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Critic Score: 35% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Counselor raises expectations with its talented cast and creative crew -- then subverts them with a wordy and clumsy suspense thriller that's mercilessly short on suspense or thrills.

Wesley Morris

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.

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Sam Weisberg
Village Voice

The Counselor is the cumbersome end product of a high-minded writer trying to slum and a slick director aiming for cosmic depth.

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Rob Gonsalves

The movie is full of odd one-on-one conversations that may exasperate those who want the film to get to the point, but the dialogue is the point.

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Guy Lodge
Time Out

A great writer's pompous idea of pulp fiction, treated with stultifying seriousness by everyone else involved.

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James Berardinelli

It's not so much a bad film as it is a disappointing one. A very disappointing one.

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Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

Despite some lovely exchanges and cracking lines, The Counsellor is too complex and wordy for its own good.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

It's like a mumblecore movie about a bunch of Sarah Lawrence philosophy majors, made by coked-up rich people for 100 bajillion dollars.

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Clayton Davis

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
The most directionless and pointless movie that offers the audience nothing! Good cast but all forgettable in this wordy but stupid script! A truly lazy movie… More
Mark Walker
Being a huge fan of Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist Cormac McCarthy, Ridley Scott was originally planning to adapt his controversial 1985 novel "Blood… More
Alex roy
The Counselor had all the makings of a fine dramatic thriller, great cast, fine director, interesting premise, yet the result is underwhelming. I didn't… More
Al S
It's a shocking, stylish, powerful and exhilarating crime-thriller. A first-rate knockout that glistens with talent, shinning the works of its writer,… More
Manu Gino
The Counselor: A Shakespearean tragedy of greed and desperation. Decent Film! There were a few disturbingly violent scenes that boosted the film's tone,… More
Everett Johnson
So, I really wanted to like this movie because of the cast, but it's really a 3 scene movie. It's a story about a drug deal gone bad with a fantastic… More