Based on the New York Times bestselling novel by the same name, Mick Haller (McConaughey) is a Los Angeles criminal defence lawyer with a smooth style of his own, where he handles his business from the back of his Lincoln Continental Sedan.

Given the fact that he’s already won a fair number of tough cases defending criminals, Haller’s career takes a turn for the better when he gets the chance of a lifetime handling the case of a rich playboy (Phillippe) who’s accused of an attempted murder. However, with time Haller learns the high stakes accompanied with such a big lawsuit.

The story of The Lincoln Lawyer can be somewhat predictable for audiences who have read the novel or are familiar with this genre of lawyer thrillers. Still, a plot supported by solid acting is always appreciated. The film’s best achievement is its emphasis on how lawyers (especially good ones) can easily manipulate the truth to their own interests. Director Brad Furman does a fine job in delivering an A-class thriller that doesn’t need high-budget car chase scenes or shoot outs.

As previously mentioned, it’s the acting that makes the film what it is. McConaughey is the perfect fit for the arrogant, morally ambivalent lawyer; the role is probably his best dramatic performance in years. It's a nice surprise to see him return to a more serious genre that helped boost his career in the 90s with films such as A Time to Kill.

Despite a strong cast of Tomei, H.Macy and Phillippe, it’s pretty clear from the start that The Lincoln Lawyer is a one-man-show with McConaughey. Tomei gives a strong performance as Mick’s ex-wife who disagrees with his insistence on defending criminals. Also, Phillippe is a good choice as the pretty-faced rich boy with the sinister side who makes McConaughey his attorney– a role that’s very similar to that of Christian Bale's in 2000’s Shaft.

However, it’s pretty obvious that the film’s budget skipped its way through the cinematography and musical score; as they’re both uninspiring and with little effort put into either.

The Lincoln Lawyer is a respectable crime drama that relies heavily on the actors' performances rather than the action scenes. While the film does deliver on that part, some may find it disappointing as a thriller as it doesn’t succeed in creating suspense and putting you on edge. Also, the film can be at times a little too predictable, which is another downside. So it’s only recommended if you appreciate the acting talents of McConaughey et al.