The Counselor Synopsis
A successful lawyer gets in over his head when he decides to dabble in the drug trade.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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68

Film.com

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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OMG too long!!!

By hmilgrom
The trailer is the best part of this movie! They condensed 1 hr 51 mins of s--t into a 3-minute watchable film. Bravo. This movie was TERRIBLE. Despite a stellar cast, the story meanders; had...

Worst. Movie. Ever.

By roadhousemike
I just fired Ridley Scott, Cameron Diaz, Brad PItt, and everyone complicit in making this spectacular piece of garbage from using their professional judgment to choose scripts based on any known...

The Counselor is a waste of time and money.

By tkjbrown
Amazing that so many good names got reeled in by such a bad movie. Don't their people screen out bad scripts? Very little plot, many "let's fill up some running time" scenes. Existentialist rambling...

James Franco

By rocmartin
Great movie. i got the message and you will too. Don't let the bad review ratings given here make you think different. Movie shows the reality of bad dealings or crossing the line and the end result...

depressing and hard to follow (and to suspend disbelief)

By seanebrown
had only seen one review of the movie, and went to see it based on the stars in the movie. i'll think twice about doing that again as I wish i had waited for other reviews, probably would have...

Don't go

By ewest123
Truly one of the worst movies I've seen in many years. Great actors wasted on really bad dialog...e.g., Diaz (sultry, bad, rich) says, after her boyfriend (more on Bardem in a sec) comments that...

The Counselor

By davidmyers123
This movie has no point, no plot beginning, poor writing, and insults the movie going public. The actors should be embarrassed, the sex scenes were beyond "R", not sensual and definitely ridiculous...

great, dark movie

By lretter
I don't get the bad reviews.... There is indeed a lot of dialogue, but that's because the audience gets thrown into the middle of the story line, right near the climax. In order to understand the...

suprised by the bad reviews

By maryld3
This is not your typlical hollywood action drug cartel movie that glamifies the drug dealing lifestyle. The film has a philosophical message and i thought it was done very well - it's a more of an...

If you want to leave the theater asking what just happened...

By bogwan1783
Then go see this. The movie struggled to find its identity as the plot and characters never develop. At times it was funny and had some good acting but it these scenes seemed to never fall into the...

More Info

Rated R | For for graphic violence, some grisly images, strong sexual content and language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Pause for kids 17 & under Gripping, violent drama about dangers of the drug trade.
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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CONSUMERISM
DRINKING & DRUGS
SEXY STUFF