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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

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common sense

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

3 stars

An entertaining crime thriller that is not very original but neither does it disappoint. The plot is pretty interesting, with the typical expected twists, and it has some good performances, except, of course, for Ryan Phillippe, who is mediocre and inexpressive as usual.

- blacksheepboy, Saturday, September 3, 2011

4 stars

A stylish court room thriller, of which there haven't been enough good ones around for a long while. It does feel like a John Grisham adaptation, which is a big compliment. Although with some humour along the way. A good modern feel cast of stars handle it well and there are some nice twists along the way. If you like the more like this films, then snap this up quick!

- Deano78, Thursday, December 29, 2011

3 stars

Our lawyer is really smart and interesting, but the plot only unfolds by the stupidity of our antagonist. Ludicrous, but intense entertainment.

- fb1672039553, Saturday, September 10, 2011