• Released
  • August 29, 2012
  • R , 1 hr 55 min
  • Drama
  • 2,174 Fan Ratings
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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80

The Hollywood Reporter

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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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80

Movieline

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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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Hillcoat and Cave give us more than an action story. They create a world.
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75

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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75

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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70

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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63

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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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Lawless is very bloody - but the scenery and production design are a whole lot nicer.
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50

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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Rated R | For Some Sexuality/Nudity, Language and Strong Bloody Violence
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