The Lincoln Lawyer
The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 10, 2011
DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.

Rafer Guzman

It's really just a solid courtroom drama, but these days moviegoers should take what they can get.

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Ella Taylor

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.

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood

A fast-paced intelligent legal thriller.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Laremy Legel

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.

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Will Leitch

It moves as a nice pace, is a smooth ride and doesn't require too much energy.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies -- there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Lincoln Lawyer is not a feat of genre-breaking design. But it is a well-oiled machine.

Scott Foundas
Film Comment Magazine

A much better version of this movie may exist somewhere in the editing-room blender, to be excavated by cine-archeologists of the future.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
This entertaining crime thriller is not very original but doesn't disappoint either, as it offers a pretty interesting plot with its typical, expected… More
Stuart Brooks
Good adaptation of a great book, better than I would have expected and a sign of good things if the rest of the Mickey Haller books get made into movies. Now… More
Jens S.
Great legal thriller with an excellent cast and plenty of twists. The major premise probably does not make all that sense but makes for an enthralling and… More
Dean King
A stylish court room thriller, of which there haven't been enough good ones around for a long while. It does feel like a John Grisham adaptation, which is… More
Eugene Bernabe
A magnificent courtroom drama/thriller that serves with the same extremities as the hammer of justice. The Lincoln Lawyer is mostly held up by the enigmatic… More
Mark Walker
Court room drama's and legal jargon can be surprisingly gripping entertainment, which makes me wonder why there isn't more of them. Unfortunately,… More