Lawless (2012)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 29, 2012
DVD Release Date: November 27, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Grim, bloody, and utterly flawed, Lawless doesn't quite achieve the epic status it strains for, but it's too beautifully filmed and powerfully acted to dismiss.

David Thomson
The New Republic

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.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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.

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Mark Jackson
Epoch Times

The recurring act of violence In 'Lawless' is a brass-knuckle punch to the throat. It's not pretty. The movie's not pretty either, but it's an instant gangster classic.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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?

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

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.

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Kong Rithdee
Bangkok Post

The film has jolts of dread and calculated savagery, and yet it feels prosaic and uninspired.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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.

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Dana Stevens

There's something at the movie's heart that remains flimsy and inauthentic, a kid in his older brother's ill-fitting shoes.

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J. Olson

A stylish, streamlined, and thrilling prohibition era action yarn.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
A film about redneck moonshine bootleggers, well yeehaw! Apparently this is an adaptation of a book which recounts true events from 1931 in the USA. The story… More
Nikhil Nandu
Lawless is amazingly well-acted and shot, while its story seems lacking. It is dark and violent and entertaining. Even more impressive is the fact that Lawless… More
Kevin M. Williams
Not a terrible visit to the backcountry hills of ol'Virginny (as English and Australian actors continue to overrun Yank filmography) where some moonshiners… More
Film Crazy
What was even the point of having one of the greatest actors alive in a five minute role, i love Gary Oldman it was a shame we didnt see more of him! All in all… More
xGary Xx
Three brothers in the bootlegging business during the prohibition era refuse to bow to the will of Chicago gangsters and provoke a war between their backwoods… More
Bruce Bruce
We are in prohibition time, in the countryside in Virginia. The men are tough and they enforce their own law protecting their moonshine businesses. However they… More