Excerpt: Il potere è senza volto, le vittime, come l’avvocato o come il cadavere che viaggia assieme alla droga, sono senza nome. McCarthy va alla radice del male. Qui le parole non possono più a nulla.
Excerpt: El primer guion cinematográfico de Cormac McCarthy tenía todas las papeletas para convertirse en una de las películas de la década, y aunque no lo consigue puede considerarse una película notable en forma y fondo. Eso sí, es anticomercial hasta lo suicida.
Excerpt: Those looking for Dan Brown entertainment will quickly be overwhelmed, but those who can respect McCarthy for the dense writer he is and trust in his guidance are in for a dark, complex treat.
Excerpt: The Counselor actually does film noir a great service in apparently subverting it, returning actual gravitas and unnerving impudence to the genre, and along with it some of the quaking existential fear it once transmitted.
Excerpt: The Counselor delves into the abject amorality of criminality. It’s a devastating examination of greed and grief in the overwhelming wilds of apathy; you’ll love it if you like that sort of thing.
Excerpt: As merciless as a wire tightening around the neck, “The Counselor” appears to an enticingly deceptive pulp thriller with all the noir ingredients in place, ready to percolate, until little of it holds together and we’re left waiting for it to still find momentum and stay on course.
Excerpt: The actors’ efforts make The Counselor passable, even allowing one to forgive rookie screenwriter mistakes (every mode of killing in the climax has been telegraphed in ways that would make Chekhov blush) and Daniel Pemberton’s on-the-nose scoring. Still, there are a lot of flaws, so much so that the scales nearly tip the wrong way.
Excerpt: A silver lining is Bardem’s performance as the eccentric kingpin Reiner and the always effective Fassbender. But to assume the existence of a silver lining, one must first recognize the dark and dreary storm clouds, the type that linger over The Counselor from frame one.
Excerpt: But in the title character’s struggle for survival against implacable odds, so well captured in Michael Fassbender’s cocksure appearance that fades quickly into fear and overwrought emotion, The Counselor at times evokes those protagonists from McCarthy’s best novels.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Terrible–nasty, ultra-violent and borderline incoherent.