Box art for The Lincoln Lawyer

The Lincoln Lawyer

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


In the gripping thriller The Lincoln Lawyer, 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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    83%
  • Audience Score
    81%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 16
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Legal thriller entertains but is too dark, heavy for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this John Grisham-esque legal thriller has enough language, violence, and substance use to make it far too mature for younger teens -- plus plot twists and courtroom intrigue that will also go over some heads. The violence includes everything from murders and a gang beat-down to sexual assaults replayed a few times from different perspectives. Language includes a few uses of "f--k," plus "s--t" and "a--hole"; there's only one actual love scene (with partial undressing but no actual nudity) but several references to prostitution and sex. This Matthew McConaughey thriller is far too heavy to attract younger audiences, but parents with teens should be aware of the violence and crimes depicted in the story.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the way the movie depicts drinking. Are there consequences for characters who drink too much? Do those consequences seem realistic?
  • How does wealth affect the justice system? Is Louis treated differently than the other suspected criminals depicted in the movie?
  • Why are legal thrillers are so captivating? Are real-life court cases ever this twisty and surprising?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

4 stars

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

- fb1442511448, Monday, November 26, 2012

4 stars

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

- fb1442511448, Monday, November 26, 2012

4 stars

Good adaptation of a great book, better than I would have expected and a sign of good things if the rest of the Mickey Haller books get made into movies. Now we just want to see a Harry Bosch movie.

- stuartb1234, Thursday, March 29, 2012