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Rated R · 117 minutes · 2013

Crime drama, Thriller
You would think a movie written by Cormac McCarthy (No Country For Old Men, The Road) and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien) would be amazing, but that is not the case with this borefest. Michael Fassbender, so good in Scott’s Prometheus, plays a character simply named Counselor, a lawyer who gets involved in drug trafficking and puts himself and others in jeopardy. Cameron Diaz plays the girlfriend of his partner in crime (a wild-haired Javier Bardem) and she’s just a terrible actress in this movie. She’s required to be bad, and you can feel her trying to be bad at every turn. Let’s just say she’s very bad at being bad. Scott puts together some intense, violent scenes that feel like they belong in a movie where the actors aren’t required to deliver long, boring, unrealistic monologues. Brad Pitt is OK as some sort of drug deal sage, but he’s starting to look a lot like Mickey Rourke (he actually references him during one of his speeches). Scott almost manages a good movie out of this mess, but Diaz and the preachy script prevail in badness.
Official Site: www.thecounselormovie.com/us
Director: Ridley Scott
Producer: Ridley Scott, Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Schwartz, Cormac McCarthy, Mark Huffam, Michael Schaefer and Michael Costigan
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Sam Spruell, Toby Kebbell, Edgar Ramirez, Rubén Blades, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic and Fernando Cayo

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Connect Savannah Review: The Counselor At its worst, it recalls the excesses of latter-day Oliver Stone, with a whiff of the awful Savages hovering around its edges. by Matt Brunson 10/23/2013
The Coast Halifax The Counselor One of the best crime films in years. by Jacob Boon 10/24/2013
North Coast Journal Failed Escape Three films in a rut by John J. Bennett 10/24/2013
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Creative Loafing Charlotte The Counselor: Split verdict Rating: **1/2 by Matt Brunson 10/25/2013
North Coast Journal Risky Stunts Counselor is tired, Grandpa is spry by John J. Bennett 10/31/2013
Portland Mercury Lust, Caution Blood and regret in Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's The Counselor. by Erik Henriksen 10/23/2013
Creative Loafing Tampa The Counselor has no defense Heavy-handed and light on suspense, Ridley Scott’s latest is an enjoyable letdown. by Kevin Tall 10/25/2013

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