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The Counselor
ORIGINAL TITLE The Counselor
YEAR
2013  
RUNNING TIME
117 min.   Watch Trailers/Videos
COUNTRY
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DIRECTOR Ridley Scott
SCREENWRITER Cormac McCarthy
COMPOSER Daniel Pemberton
CINEMATOGRAPHER Dariusz Wolski
CAST Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Bruno Ganz, Rosie Perez, Sam Spruell, Toby Kebbell, Édgar Ramírez, Rubén Blades, Natalie Dormer, Goran Visnjic, Fernando Cayo, Dean Norris, John Leguizamo, Velibor Topic, Giannina Facio
STUDIO/PRODUCER Fox 2000 Pictures / Scott Free Productions / Nick Wechsler Productions / Chockstone Pictures
OFFICIAL WEB http://www.thecounselormovie.com
GENRE Thriller | Crime. Drugs. Neo-noir
SYNOPSIS/PLOT A respected lawyer, the Counselor (Michael Fassbender), finds himself in way over his head when he agrees to a one-time dalliance into the dark world of drug trafficking in order to get his hands on quick cash so he can marry his girlfriend, Laura (Penélope Cruz). His choices get him involved with people such as a drug lord named Reiner (Javier Bardem); a womanizing middleman named Westray (Brad Pitt) and a bisexual sociopath named Malkina (Cameron Diaz). The lawyer's decision to get involved with these people puts both Laura and himself in danger.

Written by Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men).
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"Despite its scaldingly hot cast and formidable writer/director combination, 'The Counselor' is simply not a very likable or gratifying film. In fact, it's a bummer." (Todd McCarthy: The Hollywood Reporter)
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"It contains memorable dialogue, vivid characters and several superb scenes, and yet it still manages to be wrong, a complete miscalculation (...) Rating: * (out of 4)" (Mick LaSalle: San Francisco Chronicle)
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"'The Counselor' achieves the almost unheard-of daily double of giving us the most outrageous sex scene of the year AND the most unforgettably brutal murder of the year. This is a badass journey from start to finish. (...) Rating: **** (out of four)" (Richard Roeper: Chicago Sun-Times)
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"Emotionally vacant film (...) Plays like a parody of a Cormac McCarthy adaptation...It's derivative nonsense." (Mary F. Pols: Time)
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"Great cast, middling movie. (...) stylish but unfulfilling Ridley Scott film (...) Rating: **1/2 (out of four)" (Moira MacDonald: Seattle Times)
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"The Counselor" must have looked great on paper, but you can't believe a word of it (...) Rating: *1/2 (out of 4)" (Ann Hornaday: The Washington Post)
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"Despite heaps of talent, this baffling drug-war drama is 'Scarface' meets 'Tree of Life,' and not in a good way. (...) Rating: * (out of 4)" (Colin Covert: Minneapolis Star Tribune )
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"'The Counselor' [is] a droning meditation on capitalism in the form of a thriller about cocaine trading on the Tex-Mex border. (...) Rating: ** (out of four)" (Peter Travers: Rolling Stone)
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"Cormac McCarthy's first original script is nearly all dialogue, but it's a lousy story, ineptly constructed and rendered far too difficult to follow" (Peter Debruge: Variety)
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"Mr. Scott's seriousness isn't always well served by the scripts he films, but in Mr. McCarthy he has found a partner with convictions about good and evil rather than canned formula." (Manohla Dargis: The New York Times)
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"As cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot, "The Counselor" is an extremely unpleasant piece of business. (...) Rating: *1/2 (out of 5)" (Kenneth Turan: Los Angeles Times)
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"The cast is all but suffocated by the sententious dialogue of an airless drama" (Joe Morgenstern: The Wall Street Journal)
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