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The Counselor

R| 1 hr. 57 min.

Plot Summary
A Bentley-driving Texas lawyer (Michael Fassbender) appears to have it all, including a beautiful fiancee named Laura (Penélope Cruz) -- but his financial needs force him to become involved in an ill-advised drug deal. His partners in the venture include middleman Westray (Brad Pitt), shady nightclub owner Reiner (Javier Bardem) and Malkina (Cameron Diaz), Reiner's sociopathic lover. Unsurprisingly, the counselor's deal spirals out of control, placing both him and Laura in mortal danger.

Cast: Michael Fassbender , Penélope Cruz , Cameron Diaz , Javier Bardem , Brad Pitt , Bruno Ganz , Rosie Perez , Sam Spruell

Director: Ridley Scott

Genres: Thriller, Crime drama

Distributor: 20th Century Fox

The Counselor (2013)

Release Date: October 25th, 2013|1 hr. 57 min.

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fan reviews ( 68 )
  • Oddly, the published screenplay – while far from McCarthy's top-drawer – reads better than it plays. What's onscreen recalls a line from No Country: "It's a mess, ain't it, Sheriff?" show more

  • It's possible there has never been anything like it. It contains memorable dialogue, vivid characters and several superb scenes, and yet it still manages to be wrong, a complete miscalculation. show more

  • What's missing is dramatic subtext and surprise, as well as any playfulness that might have kept us guessing about the plot. show more

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  • November 19, 2013 uv00000000172222
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    I left wondering had I fallen asleep and missed what this movie was about. the trailer was by far better than movie.

  • November 11, 2013 FedUp
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    A clever film but excessively long. The story could have been told -- and better-told -- in -120 minutes. By the end I just wanted it to end so that I could get Out Of There.

  • November 11, 2013 borivoje
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    I could not believe that Ridley Scott could make such a bad movie ... what a waste of time..

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Cameron Diaz's Accent in 'The Counselor' Was So Over-the-Top She Had to Dub Herself

Posted by
Katie Roberts on November 7, 2013

Fox Apparently, having sex with a car wasn't enough of an idiosyncrasy for Cameron Diaz's character in "The Counselor": The Hollywood Reporter says that Diaz also had to re-record her dialogue becau...

'The Counselor' Review: 10 Things to Know About the Cormac McCarthy Thriller

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Drew Taylor on October 26, 2013

Fox Ridley Scott is one of those directors whose films are automatic must-sees, even if the filmmaker is going through a rough patch creatively. Scott has had a number of ups and downs in his career...

Weekend Movies: 'Bad Grandpa,' 'The Counselor,' & More (VIDEO)

Posted by
Erin Whitney on October 24, 2013

This weekend's movies include the Michael Fassbender drug-trafficking thriller "The Counselor" and "Jackass" spin-off "Bad Grandpa." From director Ridley Scott and first-time screenwriter / lo...

'The Counselor' Trailer: Michael Fassbender Gets in Over His Head (VIDEOS)

Posted by
Kelly Woo on August 7, 2013

20th Century Fox Michael Fassbender looks very good while doing something very bad in Ridley Scott's star-studded drama "The Counselor." The upcoming movie is written by "No Country for Old Men...

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