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The Lincoln Lawyer: As Thrill-Free as a D.A.'s Defense Strategy

As devoid of spontaneity as a D.A.’s defense strategy, this adaptation of fiction machine Michael Connelly’s 2005 legal thriller is both convoluted and completely predictable, which fans at least should appreciate. The title refers to Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey), an L.A. ambulance chaser who conducts business from the back of a Town Car commandeered by his faithful driver, Earl (Laurence Mason, the only African-American in the cast—are we to believe there are no black law professionals in California?). Haller is handed a high-profile case defending a real estate mogul (Ryan Phillippe) accused of beating up a prostitute, but while Richie Rich maintains his innocence, things aren’t . . . well, you know how these things go. Haller craftily finagles his way out of the deep shit he’s stepped into during the best stretch of the movie, but it’s largely undercut by uninspired direction, car-commercial art direction, and a lack of grit that makes the hidebound nature of the genre stand out like an episode of Matlock on HBO. At least McConaughey is game; he generally acts as if he’s getting away with something nobody can prove anyway, so playing a smooth-talking Southland shyster may be the role of his life. Sequels await, Slick.

 
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Mikey
Mikey

Reggie Baker, playing the judge isn't black enough for you? Apparently your agenda is not reviewing a movie; or are you simply inept?

Clarknstein
Clarknstein

Apparently the " Village Voice " forgot that movies are entertainment. Everyone that I work with that saw the movie thought it was great.The average critic score was in the 70 range and the " Village Voice "gave it the lowest rating of 40. I now know to ignore the " Village Voice "when they rate a movie because they are clueless. By the way, even though I am not a big fan of McConaughey, he nailedthe character of the pompus, full of himself attorney he played.

davishr
davishr

No black law professionals? I now remember why I stopped reading reviews, too often they seem to be written by people who have their own egos so in the way they can't even watch the movie.

Zara Uno
Zara Uno

I really enjoyed the film. Thought Matthew was really good. Hadn't followed him in the past. Thought the guys on the witness stand were an added attraction, Corliss played by Shea Whigham and Charles Talbot, played by Eric Etebari. Etebari nailed his performance with great one liners... even brought a few laughs to the audience. The film moved fast for almost 2 hours.. didn't seem that long at all. Like the concept of the underbelly of LA, attorney working out of his "auto office".. compared to the HIGH end situations you usually see.. and Oh yes, William H. Macy, always pleasure to watch.

Erin
Erin

Glad I'm not the first one to point out the vacuous comment that there aren't any African-Americans in the cast besides the driver. This writer seems so hell-bent on finding fault with the film he apparently didn't notice that the judge presiding over the entire trial was black. Last time I checked, judges count as law professionals.

Seattle Filmgoer
Seattle Filmgoer

Um, what strange criticism: FYI "D.A." standards for "District Attorney" and the the District Attorney is the prosecutor; the sentence and headline about "defense strategy" makes no sense. As an actual lawyer I found this movie to be accurate and engaging. In contrast, our reviewer seems more interested in making political points than paying attention to the movie.

dougienero
dougienero

Type your comment here."The only African-American in the cast?" yeah, gotta make sure we uphold political correctness.Don't want to make Revs. Jesse and Al mad. What a stupid criticism.

Rain
Rain

To be fair, the judge in the trial is black, so yes, there are black law professionals in California, and in this movie.

Sup123
Sup123

The only African_American in the cast? No professional black law professionals in LA? The Judge who presides over the entire trial and interacts with both lead actors is black. Very lame and completely vacant review. Do you seriously get paid to watch movies and give an opinion?

 

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