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The Counselor (2013) Movie Reviews

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09/06/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

A dead boring first hour and an impressive ending

A man would give entire nations to lift grief off his heart and yet, you cannot buy anything with grief, because grief is worthless.

This is a difficult movie to rate. I have mixed feelings about it. The first part is terribly tedious and boring. A series of hugely pretentious dialogues and incomprehensible philosophical reasoning. It is a montage of various fragmentary issues that make it difficult to sense the vibe of the movie and to understand what it's about. Also there are subjects used that were completely beside the point in my eyes (the erotic beginning for starters). Also the total absence of any explanation of how they ended up in this situation, makes it uneasy to follow the storyline.

Ridley Scott, of course known for his masterpieces "Blade Runner" and "...

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05/15/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"The Counselor" by Yojimbo

An affluent and otherwise respectable lawyer falls in with some wheeler dealers of the criminal underworld and unwisely decides to do business with a South American drug cartel. With a script written by Cormac McCarthy, direction from Ridley Scott and a cast that boasts Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz, you know you're in for a treat. Or so you'd think. The plot on offer is like a grindingly workanlike rehash of an episode of Breaking Bad and populated by singularly uninteresting characters spouting pretentious waffle and occasionally engaging in passionless and robotic sex scenes - in fact Cameron Diaz enjoying the carnal knowledge of a sports car (I kid you not) is cringeworthy on a Gigli-esque scale. Extremely slick and impossible to care about, the bigge...

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02/01/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

great cast but it leaves you empty

Great cast, about a guy who gets mixed up in the cartel. The film is very talky yet its hard to know what really going on a lot of the time, the dialogue is full of almost poetic wise words. with long passages of pointlessness its like the writer wrote the best wise words he could but then made the mistake of using them for most of the characters. The lead up to the end is weak , so much is said in this movie yet so much is unexplained and feels empty. then it just ends . Leaving you thinking wow that turned out depressing. it offers no hope no revenge no follow up no redemption no nothing except bleak reality. which would be fine and a different ending to most films if it was not for the fact that the movie had very little middle story or action. it was in short too empty to just end ...

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2.5/4 

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01/31/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

Escapism at its absolute tardiest.

I am still at a loss for words.
I have seen good movies, and I have seen bad movies, and I knew when to call the former and ladder good and bad. But frankly, I don't know what to call this anti-matter of motion pictures, because this movie is absolutely horrible.

The way this movie turned out is unacceptable. The acting is sloppy, the tone and pace are nonexistent, the direction is mind-bogglingly bad and the screenplay is the worst part.

I wasn't a big fan of No Country for Old Men and I heard All The Pretty Horses wasn't exactly good, so I don't look upon Cormac McCarthy very positively. Apparently, this was his first screenplay, and he has not a shred of sense or style to show for his work. He wrote every single scene as if it were a novel, and that made it some of the most conf...

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10/25/2013 (2 of 2 found this helpful)

This 'Counselor' Should Be Disbarred!

I'm not sure what's harder to believe here; the idea that Cormac McCarthy could deliver such a horrible script; that Ridley Scott is capable of directing this turkey of a film; or that Brad Pitt would even agree to star in this mess. If these guys were aiming to recreate another 'No Country For Old Men', they missed the mark entirely. The whole film is not much more than a gab-fest with individual actors delivering monologues that are the equivalent of metaphorical vomit. Javier Bardem seems to be channeling 'Jim' from the old 'Taxi' TV series with the wild hair and the nonsensical observations. Michael Fassbender's portrayal of the lead character, a lawyer who's decided to step over into the criminal wold to fix his financial situation, gives us a character that continually asks others w...

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