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The Lincoln Lawyer Review

Julian’s Rating: 6.5/10
Player Affinity Composite Rating: 7.2/10
(2 ratings total)

Matthew McConaughey leads Brad Furman’s The Lincoln Lawyer, an adaptation of the popular novel of the same name. In this film, lawyer Mick Haller (McConaughey) must defend Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe), a client who may or may not be guilty of the alleged crime.

The Lincoln Lawyer
might sound like your typical courtroom thriller and in many cases it is, but unfortunately it doesn’t capitalize on what thrillers need to hone in on: suspense. It’s a peculiar film that thrives more off of small, somewhat foreseeable plot twists than the typical element of surprise. Although it’s certainly an admirable attempt to engage the audience and provide moviegoers with thrills, the film runs into issues with pacing, development, and suspense.


At least the actors don’t falter. McConaughey proves to be a surprisingly stable and strong presence in the leading role. Phillippe’s character is completely mysterious, and the actor channels into that excellently despite a few missteps in the line-reading department. William H. Macy is fun and enlivened, providing some enjoyable comic relief in his short performance. Marisa Tomei completely steals the show as McConaughey’s wife, though she doesn’t have much screen time in spite of her impression. Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with her work. Even in the most basic and bland of roles she can dig deep into the essence of the character and churn out a mesmerizing product.

In a film such as this, however, the performances reflect little of the film’s quality itself. The Lincoln Lawyer isn’t a character study or a film that needs powerful performances. Despite a cast that does the best it can with the material, the film ultimately falls short in its purpose: being a captivating drama.

For starters, the “big reveal” – if it can even be called that – comes at the halfway point. From then point on, it’s a rather monotonous and momentum-free exploration of whether or not justice is served. Some interesting things are done with the cinematography and editing, but it fails to really keep the film’s action heated up.

The Lincoln Lawyer
is a harmless courtroom thriller, but it doesn’t have the right measurements of ingredients to fully succeed.

Rating: 6.5/10

The Lincoln Lawyer
Directed by Brad Furman
Written by John Romano (screenplay), Michael Connelly (novel)
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, William H. Macy, Marisa Tomei

Other Player Affinity Ratings
Steven’s Rating: 8/10

Player Affinity Composite Rating: 7.2/10 

Rating
7.2

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