The Lincoln Lawyer

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Released 2011

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Director:
Keely Christian
Released:
2011
Rating:
R
In the gripping thriller "The Lincoln Lawyer," Matthew McConaughey stars as Michael "Mick" Haller, a slick, charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln Continental sedan. Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter- variety criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime: defending a rich Beverly Hills playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who is accused of attempted murder. However, what initially appears to be a straightforward case with a big money pay-off swiftly develops into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation and a crisis of conscience for Haller.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    There are modest pleasures in a familiar story told differently enough that you're happy to keep guessing and watching.

  • 60

    Variety

    It's easy enough to just soak up star Matthew McConaughey's good-ol'-boy appeal and overlook the film's stilted dialogue, bizarre directorial indulgences, excessive running time an...

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    The intricate plotting that distinguished the book overwhelms the movie.

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    Drama, Suspense

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    Thrillers, Crime