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The Lincoln Lawyer

A movie directed by Brad Furman

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The Haller essence

  • Aug 22, 2011
Matthew McConaughey proves he's not just a pretty face in The Lincoln Lawyer. It's difficult to translate books to the silver screen, and this is no exception. Based upon the novel by John Connelly, the movie lacks the heart that enlivened the written version. It does do justice, however, to the character of Mickey Haller, a smart, fast-talking defense attorney who knows all the tricks and doesn't hesitate to play them. Kind of a conman with a conscience, if you can picture that. I wondered about the choice of Mcconaughey to play Mick, but I'm happy to report that he captured the Haller essence. His client, a rich boy accused of assaulting a working girl, will pay very well indeed if exonerated, but Mick senses there's more to these accusations than meets the eye. A mature Marisa Tomei portrays Mickey's ex, and while she handles well the material she's given, the nature of their relationship (still loving each other) does not come through. William H. Macy shines as Haller's investigator, as does Laurence Mason, the chauffeur with a keen mind. Michael Pena, a now-incarcerated former client (you can't win 'em all) makes the most of the few key scenes in which he appears, forwarding the momentum of the plot. But this is McConaughey's show, and if his performance here is anything to go by, his career should be taking off from here on out. As should director Brad Furman's.
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December 21, 2011
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review by . March 27, 2011
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Just Whose Side Are You Really On?
I went to “The Lincoln Lawyer” with extra low expectations. I have seen so many legal thrillers in my day that I was almost certain that this would not be anything different. The film was adapted from the novel by Michael Connelly, and I have to admit I haven’t read the book before I saw this film. The film starts off strongly, with some dynamic performances from its cast it seemed poised to go the whole nine yards. Unfortunately, the script and direction manages to over-stretch, …
review by . March 31, 2011
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I viewed "The Lincoln Lawyer" last weekend and was most pleased with the film.   The acting was well done and the lead roles played their parts well.  I felt that the movie kept close to the novel and there wasn't any major difference.  The ending of the movie was somewhat different than the novel. In the movie there is action against one of the antagonists that didn't happen in the novel.  Most of the people in the theater seemed generally …
review by . July 24, 2011
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*** out of ****     "The Lincoln Lawyer" is a competent and well-made court-room crime drama that deserves all the respect it can get, and all the acclaim that it deserves. It might get an Oscar nomination in the Best Picture category when the Award Season returns yet again, as films such as this one usually do. It has all the qualities of an Oscar nominee; but not all of a winner. Whether the film deserves that nomination (which it will PROBABLY get) is not of my concern. What …
review by . March 31, 2011
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In the Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller is asked to defend wealthy Louis Roulet against the charge of aggrivated assault and attempted rape of Reggie Campo. Campo was a woman who Louis met in a bar.      The acting was well done with all of the major actors doing there part well. There was less action with Mickey's former wife, Maggie who is played by Marissa Tomai? This went well but it's hard to see this actor in a courtroom drama and not think of "My Cousin Vinnie.'   …
review by . March 19, 2011
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Star Rating:         The Lincoln Lawyer, based on the novel by Michael Connelly, weaves a gripping web of mystery and suspense, although what really impressed me was the title character, quite possibly the most interesting and unorthodox criminal defense attorney in cinema history. His name is Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey), and he does business from the backseat of his Lincoln sedan. This was initially done out of necessity – some months prior he had his …
review by . March 16, 2011
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   The 'Lincoln Lawyer', a  gripping legal thriller,   Matthew McConaughey stars as Michael 'Mick' Haller, a slick charismatic Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back of his Lincoln continental sedan.       Having spent most of his career defending petty, gutter-variey criminals, Mick unexpectedly lands the case of a lifetime:  defending a rich Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Ryan Phillippe) who …
review by . May 03, 2011
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   Directed by Brad Furman, The Lincoln Lawyer is a surprisingly good courthouse drama supported by a strong cast and a decent story. It depicts the process of a charismatic lawyer Mickey Haller (Matthew McConaughey) who gets inside a case which doesn't revolve only around his defender. He's an iconic lawyer in Los Angeles dealing with various criminals and who holds connection within the city's underworld. He finds himself in a big trouble once he takes charge in defending …
review by . March 19, 2011
Get ready to be a witness to 119 minutes of a nail biting crime case saddled by Matthew McConaughey (The Ghost of Girlfriends Past, Surfer Dude), out of the backseat of a - Lincoln Continental?   McConaughey stars in The Lincoln Lawyer; as a smooth, charismatic defense attorney Michael “Mick” Haller.  He’s also an attorney who runs his business out of his black Lincoln Continental sedan, and runs it effectively.   While Mick has spent most of his career …
Quick Tip by . March 26, 2011
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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