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The Lincoln Lawyer (2011)



Critic Consensus: It doesn't offer any twists on the predictable courtroom thriller formula, but with a charming Matthew McConaughey leading its solid cast, The Lincoln Lawyer offers briskly enjoyable entertainment.

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Matthew McConaughey stars in this legal thriller as a low-rent defense attorney named Mickey Haller. Most of the time, Mickey barely keeps his head above water, representing low-life clients and working out of the back of his car. He thinks he's landed the case of a lifetime when he's hired to defend a rich playboy (Ryan Phillippe) who stands accused of rape and attempted murder, and eagerly accepts his new client and the massive payoff that's sure to come with him. But Mickey soon discovers that he's become ensnared in a twisted plot where no fee in the world is high enough to pay for the deadly workload, and his only hope of survival may just lay in his own skills as a long-practiced double-crosser. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Marisa Tomei
as Maggie McPherson
Ryan Phillippe
as Louis Roulet
Josh Lucas
as Ted Minton
John Leguizamo
as Val Valenzuela
Michael Peña
as Jesus Martinez
Bob Gunton
as Cecil Dobbs
Frances Fisher
as Mary Windsor
Bryan Cranston
as Detective Lankford
William H. Macy
as Frank Levin
Trace Adkins
as Eddie Vogel
Margarita Levieva
as Reggie Campo
Shea Whigham
as Corliss
Michael Paré
as Detective Kurlen
Michaela Conlin
as Detective Sobel
Mackenzie Aladjem
as Hayley Haller
Reggie Baker
as Judge Fullbright
Javier Grajeda
as Bailiff Reynaldo
David Castro
as Harold Casey
Conor O'Farrell
as Judge Orton Powell
Charlie Hirsch
as Prosecutor
Jeffrey R. Cole
as Van Nuys Judge
Andrew Staes
as Maggie's Co-Counsel
Erin Carufel
as Leslie Faire
Sam Upton
as Officer Maxwell
Matthew Moreno
as Officer # 2
L. Emille Thomas
as Officer # 3
Kate Mulligan
as Minton's Secretary
Edwin Dunn
as Golfer #1
Eric Huus
as Golfer #2
Rick Filkins
as Golfer #3
Melanie Molnar
as Junior Prosecutor
Stephanie Mace
as Diner Waitress
Yari Deleon
as Donna Renteria
Christian George
as San Quentin Guard
Randy Mulkey
as Bartender
Scott Wood
as L.A. Rehab Guard
Earl Carroll
as Court Clerk
Melanie Benz
as Assistant DA
Eric Etebari
as Charles Talbot
Sharyn Bamber
as Court Stenographer
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Critic Reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer

All Critics (173) | Top Critics (44)

It's nice to see McConaughey getting relatively serious instead of coasting through yet another witless romcom, with or without Kate Hudson.

April 1, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The film does take some predictable turns - even with its "surprise" twist - but it's a perfectly enjoyable time killer.

March 31, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's really just a solid courtroom drama, but these days moviegoers should take what they can get.

March 26, 2011 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It has nothing to do with the capital of Nebraska or the former president. While you're watching it, though, you'll wish it did.

March 24, 2011 | Full Review…

It's a slick, cleverly plotted thriller with plenty of twists, smart hard-boiled dialogue and fine supporting performances...

March 22, 2011 | Full Review…

There's a reason potboiler paperbacks don't make good movies -- there's too much outlandish plot, even for Hollywood.

March 18, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lincoln Lawyer


This entertaining crime thriller is not very original but doesn't disappoint either, as it offers a pretty interesting plot with its typical, expected twists and some good performances - except, of course, Ryan Phillippe, who is mediocre and inexpressive as usual.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Great legal thriller with an excellent cast and plenty of twists. The major premise probably does not make all that sense but makes for an enthralling and entertaining case. Even if the final revelation falls a bit short, McConaughey makes it worth your time.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

A magnificent courtroom drama/thriller that serves with the same extremities as the hammer of justice. The Lincoln Lawyer is mostly held up by the enigmatic performance from McConaughey as well as the supporting cast. With it's courtroom splendor and gritty thrills, the film is extraordinary. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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