80

NPR

By Ella Taylor
If The Lincoln Lawyer has nothing new of substance to offer in its tale of life on the judicial margins, it has relaxed L.A. atmosphere to burn.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
A smart, juicy entertainment, but it's the kind of straight-up legal drama that hinges entirely on crafty storytelling and across-the-board solid performances.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Furman keeps the drama taut when it needs to be, and loosens the reins easily when it's time to kick back - he has good control over the movie's rhythms.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Shamelessly entertaining.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Plot leaps that are fun on paper look generic on screen; here's another lawyer movie in which the characters are only as interesting as the actors playing them.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
An L.A.-based story with more turns and curves than a Hollywood canyon.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is rock-solid entertainment. McConaughey, a cunning mesmerizer in the courtroom, steers this Lincoln into what could be a hell-raising franchise. More, please. Soon.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film is only "superior" though, not great. The themes feel shopworn and devotee of crime fiction can point to the any number of antecedents for these characters.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Formulaic enough to suggest that franchise would be B level at best, a TV series at worst. But it's also just good enough to make you want to watch it, anyway.
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20

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies - there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.
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63 out of 100
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