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

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 25, 2013
DVD 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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Sarah Marrs

... overall, Ridley Scott's The Counselor is a mess, and falls somewhere on the spectrum between "not good" and "ambitious debacle".

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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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Sonny Bunch
Washington Free Beacon

A masterful film, one that succeeds in conveying the nature of a cold, uncaring cosmos with remorseless tenacity.

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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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Nick Newman
The Film Stage

For all its perceptible pleasures, one's left to ask how well-served any of its talents were in the first place.

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Flixster Audience Score: 23% Flixster User Reviews
Jens S.
Considering the amount of talent working together here both in front and behind the camera, this has to be one of the most catastrophic misfires of all times.… 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
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