Lawless (2012) Synopsis
The Bondurant brothers become bootleggers in Depression-era Virginia.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The action is, overall, as exciting as the primary performances are impressive.
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The Hollywood Reporter

If Lawless doesn't achieve the mythic dimensions of the truly great outlaw and gangster movies, it is a highly entertaining tale set in a...
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As rollicking and rough as a drive down a dirt road with no suspension, Lawless is a tale of three-bootlegging brothers from...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hillcoat and Cave give us more than an action story. They create a world.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A story of entrepreneurship, of family, of fighting for one's rights - the right to make white lightning, and money. It's as American as...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Hardy, speaking in low, flat, almost musically macho tones, has the bruiser charisma of a caveman Kevin Costner. It's not the money he's...
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Wall Street Journal

By John Anderson
Lawless is one of those films that, through seeming serendipity, has a cast that defines its moment. There have been others - "The...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Lawless is a solid outlaw adventure, but you can feel it straining for a greatness that stays out of reach. There's even a prologue and an...
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Lawless is very bloody - but the scenery and production design are a whole lot nicer.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
So stunningly photographed that the blood that spurts early and often in this grisly period piece is extra-vivid red. But that hardly makes...
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Lawless in the Bonny and Clyde type tradition

By Darkola
This movie is made in the Bonnie and Clyde type tradition, no its not about bank robbers, and no it may not be as good as Bonnie and Clyde, but it is good. I've read alot of complaints about nudity...

An excellent movie

By grana.gina
I LOVED this film. They constantly kept you on the edge of your seat and always through surprises your way. The three brothers had so much synergy and worked so well together. You create this...

Not Great, Just "Really Good"

By Reel Reviewer
"Lawless" is the first film out the gate this pre-awards season and I suspect it's because it's missing that "it" factor that really gives movies that "remember me" feeling. Don't misunderstand me, I...


By aguirrejerome
The movie was good but the story line was abit predictable. Shia LeBeouf has been critized lately because he's been bad mouthing big budget productions, he is a good actor but he still needs...

Authentic And Entertaining.

By Alon Patterson
The story is new. The subject isn't. Still, this film is expensively produced, well written and executed by some really great onscreen talent that do an excellent job of bringing it all together. ...

definitely worth seeing

By SusiqusiNY
Lots of gore - but that fits with the times - Prohibition. Adults - definitely 18+ Good plot, great actors. Based on a true story - from a book written by a member of the Bondurant family - the...

Lawless was good

By BeasaBoo
The movie started out a little slow, but the story was intriguing...even moreso because it was based on a true story. The characters were interesting, and it was worth seeing!...

The Fruits of Tyrannical Prohibition

By SpiritMatter
This is a realistic slice of the grim history of government corruption and tyranny that got its biggest support durring and because of the prohibition of the recreational chemical, alcohol....

It just wasn't that good.

By hugh_who
I thought Tom Hardy was great in this movie, unfortunately he wasn't the star of the movie. Shia LaBeouf is the star of the movie and as the movie progressed I realized I didn't care about his...

True Story

By cinema cowboy
I really like this one because it was a true story about bootleggers, mob and law. Good performances by Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. It little love and romance and some violence with home made whiskey...

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Rated R | For Some Sexuality/Nudity, Language and Strong Bloody Violence
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Outlaw brothers wage war in violent Prohibition drama.
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