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S. Jhoanna Robledo’s “The Counselor” Is Sober, but Serviceable

In response to S. Jhoanna Robledo’s 527‑word review of The Counselor on Common Sense Media

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A film like The Counselor, written by the always brutally violent and bleak Cormac McCarthy, must make the reviewers heads’ spin at Common Sense Media, whose job it is to warn parents about the objectionable content of a film.

Oh to be a fly on the wall as Robledo tried to find positive messages and role models in a film whose claim to fame is beheadings and Cameron Diaz making passionate love to a sports car.

Robledo is equal to the task though, and recommends this only for older teens and adults (no kidding). She then moves on to her analysis which is surprisingly extensive for such a short review. She expertly takes apart the script, whose “dialogue, though displaying a wit and intelligence few scripts possess, seems better on paper than said” and calls the film so “punishing”, it “fatigues.”

The only oddity here is the disparity between the rating and the review. Robledo gives The Counselor a fairly generous three stars out of five, but gives readers little reason why. The review is so filled with negative and disparaging critique, it’s difficult to see the disconnect here.

While it lacks anything close to humor, this one is concise and solid enough to recommend.    

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