The Counselor

2013

The Counselor

Critics Consensus

The Counselor raises expectations with its talented cast and creative crew -- then subverts them with a wordy and clumsy suspense thriller that's mercilessly short on suspense or thrills.

34%

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Total Count: 210

23%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 41,398
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Legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott and Pulitzer Prize winning author Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men) have joined forces in the motion picture thriller THE COUNSELOR, starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Brad Pitt. McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut and Scott interweave the author's characteristic wit and dark humor with a nightmarish scenario, in which a respected lawyer's one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal spirals out of control. (c) Official Site

Cast

Cameron Diaz
as Malkina
Brad Pitt
as Westray
César Aguirre
as Truck Driver #1
Daniel Holguin
as Truck Driver #2
Christopher Obi
as Malkina's Bodyguard
Bruno Ganz
as Diamond Dealer
Dar Dash
as Barman
Richard Cabral
as Young Biker
Alex Hafner
as Highway Patrolman
Andrea Deck
as Watching Girl
Sam Spruell
as Wireman
Emma Rigby
as Tony's Girlfriend
Eben Young
as Bike Clerk
Richard Brake
as Second Man
Barbara Durkin
as Cafe Waitress
Giannina Facio
as Women With Mobile Phone
Velibor Topic
as Sedan Man
Jose Juan Rodriguez
as Junkyard Man
Alexander Biggie
as Junkyard Boy #1
Pablo Paredes
as Junkyard Boy #2
Cavassa Ventura
as Third Man Killer
Frank Spano
as Man With Bar
Alejandro Marzal
as Man With Pistol
Gerard Monaco
as Hotel Waiter
Donna Air
as Chauffeur
Lida Cardona
as Mourning Lady
Roger Dalmases
as Delivery Boy
Julien Vialon
as Maitre'd
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Critic Reviews for The Counselor

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (47) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (139)

  • It's filthy, nasty, sexy, absurd, appalling, and exhilarating, and it succeeds as a musky union of novelist Cormac McCarthy's bleakness and Ridley Scott's sense of chic.

    Dec 10, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It is well worth seeing. But it is the product of a clash between two very different sensibilities, those of its author, Cormac McCarthy, and its director, Ridley Scott.

    Nov 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The narrative pings around as meaninglessly and entertainingly as a pinball machine at first, but the comic timing feels off ...

    Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • An inert, dispiriting, detached, disjointed, counterfeit and clumsy film ...

    Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A great writer's pompous idea of pulp fiction, treated with stultifying seriousness by everyone else involved.

    Nov 12, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Guy Lodge

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Each scene serves as little more than an index card for the mechanistic plot, which Scott films in a glossy and fluid style befitting an industrial promotion for the movie's high-tech weaponry.

    Nov 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Counselor

  • Jan 25, 2016
    Considering the amount of talent working together here both in front and behind the camera, this has to be one of the most catastrophic misfires of all times. While it is trying to make a point of the evilness of the world we live in, the result is way too long, confusing, uninteresting and simply ugly.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 08, 2015
    The Counselor is expertly, though not amazingly, filmed. The cast does not disappoint, all play their roles quite well, none of them simply show up. The dialogue and plot have both their strong and weak points. The dialogue is erratic. At times it is very fresh and captivating but it can also sound stilted and go on too long (i.e. lines that work in a novel but not on the big screen). The overall length is about fifteen minutes too long. Many scenes need a trim and the film continues well past its dramatic climax to the point where it no longer is a story about the main character. But all-in-all, the strengths of the Counselor outweigh the weaknesses and the film is a refreshing change from the usual.
    Robert B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 04, 2015
    Inept and boring melodramatic waffle.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2014
    The Counselor had all the makings of a fine dramatic thriller, great cast, fine director, interesting premise, yet the result is underwhelming. I didn't think the film was awful like so many other viewers, but I felt that the film overall was overall bland, and it tried to be far too ambitious without exploring its ideas to the fullest, leaving a lot to be desired. The first half of the film I thought was very good, interesting and had enough for a great set up, but the second half, that's where things fall apart. I felt that during the film's second hour, the film was all over the place, and after a while, you simply lost interest and that's a shame because with the amount of talent involved, this film should really have been something great. The film's biggest problem is that the film's script is underdeveloped and there are far too many ideas that simply don't come to fruition. The Counselor could have been an engaging thriller, but it ends up being a mediocre film, despite a strong start. Don't go into this one expecting a good film, you'll sadly be disappointed, as this film never satisfies and it ends up being a waste of time. I love Ridley Scott, and he is one of my favorite directors, however here, he struck his first dud in many years, and that's saying something. Despite the talent involved here, the overall execution of the film is poor, and it leaves you wanting more out of the film. The idea was great, and it had the potential of being truly something impressive, but that was not to be. The Counselor doesn't thrill, enthrall or entertain, it just lingers for two hours with a two many wasted ideas stuck in a poorly held together screenplay that should definitely Have been reworked a bit more before the cameras started rolling.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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