100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Richard Roeper
The Counselor achieves the almost unheard-of daily double of giving us the most outrageous sex scene of the year AND the most unforgettably brutal murder of the year. This is a badass journey from start to finish.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
In its cross-cultural breadth, director Ridley Scott’s smart and violent film merits comparison to Steven Soderbergh’s “Traffic,” but the dialogue delivered by the stellar cast is incomparably McCarthy’s.
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75

Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
This one has more in common with Scott’s “Thelma & Louise” in the memorable way it escalates, inevitably but also unexpectedly, into a spin through wilder country, and a meditation on bigger themes.
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68

Film.com

A darkly tense drama that rarely hits anything resembling an emotional beat.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
McCarthy's screenplay, a tangle of doublecrosses and dead men, has just been published. Those who really want to know what's going on would be advised to buy a copy.
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55

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
If The Counselor is a failure, it's at least a fascinating one. Much of the reason for that is time spent in the theater examining why the film isn't working.
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50

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Oddly, the published screenplay – while far from McCarthy's top-drawer – reads better than it plays. What's onscreen recalls a line from No Country: "It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?"
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40

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Ultimately, this dull tour of a thieving, primal underworld is just a lot of high-talking hogwash.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The overwritten script and the ridiculous plot combine to make The Counselor a frustrating experience.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Despite its scaldingly hot cast and formidable writer/director combination, The Counselor is simply not a very likable or gratifying film. In fact, it's a bummer.
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48 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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