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L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) Reviews

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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
November 16, 2007
The movie functions crackingly well as a non-fiction international thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail
November 16, 2007
The lawyer's intense isolation, his solitary, perverse rage against the world, against France, against conventional opinion, is felt most deeply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 9, 2007
Schroeder's film, which combines interviews with many of the key figures in Vergès' career with grainy historical footage, lets its subject speak for itself but leaves little doubt of where the filmmaker stands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 9, 2007
For just a moment, ignore politics. Consider Jacques Vergès simply as star. The radical French lawyer is an absolutely compelling figure onscreen: exotic, resolute, beguilingly smug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2007
Jacques Vergès makes for compelling documentary film fodder: He is arrogant, cosmopolitan, politically unpredictable and enmeshed in the roots of modern international terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 25, 2007
A panorama of European radicalism.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 20, 2007
A brilliant study in the link between moral corruption and narcissism.
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Noel Murray
AV Club
October 13, 2007
If nothing else, Terror's Advocate offers a useful summary of the last half-century of global politics, and how changing public perceptions can make goats out of heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 12, 2007
Talk about a hard sell.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2007
Jacques Vergès is such a compelling, complex and contradictory character that if he didn't exist someone would be obliged to invent him. It is the gift of Terror's Advocate to simply present Vergès as is.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 12, 2007
Terror's Advocate is one of the most engaging, morally unsettling political thrillers in quite some time, with the extra advantage of being true.
| Original Score: 4/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 11, 2007
Jacques Vergès had defended a lot of people, and it's his Zelig-like journey through the politics of the postwar 20th century that is the contentious subject of Barbet Schroeder's unwieldy, unforgettable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 11, 2007
That [director] Schroeder doesn't offer simple explanations gives his tale honesty and fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 10, 2007
The title Terror's Advocate is both a statement of fact and a worrisome understatement in a documentary as slippery as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 9, 2007
Engrossing.
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Lisa Nesselson
Variety
August 18, 2007
Sure to inspire debate in France and Germany and of obvious interest to anyone who follows the roots of modern international terrorism, doc probes gray areas in the colorful life of its controversial, limelight-courting subject.