Carlos Reviews

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
October 16, 2010
While 'Carlos the film' is an inflated action movie, Carlos the monster-man remains as enigmatic as before
Armond White
New York Press
October 13, 2010
Carlos gives hipsters Munich minus the moral conviction and dramatic cogency that hipsters fashionably distrust. It's being presented in two versions: 330 minutes and 165 minutes, one as emotionally flat as the other.
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
October 15, 2010
Here's the bottom line: Would people be singing the praises of this film if it was equally well-made but was the story of Mohamed Atta? A terrorist is a terrorist.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 22, 2010
Like "The Baader-Meinhof Complex", this is a largely pointless exercise meant to deliver the same kind of cheap thrills as "Bonnie and Clyde" or the Mesrine flicks. At least with straight-ahead gangster movies, you don't get the liberal moralizing.
David Sexton
This is London
October 22, 2010
There are ups and downs to international terrorism as a career and Carlos lays them out very fairly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 14, 2011
Carlos is relentlessly tense and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 22, 2010
Following a Venezualan's decade-long climb up the global terror ladder
Full Review | Original Score: B
Mark Stafford
Electric Sheep
October 13, 2010
It's a great, charismatic performance from Edgar Ramírez, who really goes the distance...
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 2, 2010
A terrifying portrait of an egomaniac who demands absolute obedience, and craves it even more when his power and relevance are drained away.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 15, 2010
Why turn a movie into a marathon? Because time may be fleeting, but it's mysteriously elastic as well. Once you've committed to an experience as intense as this one, hours become much less than the sum total of their minutes.
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2010
It is one of the best pictures of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion
January 3, 2011
Absorbing
Damien Love
Uncut Magazine [UK]
November 3, 2010
Assayas, hopping the globe from bloody episode to bloody episode with little pause for reflection, offers a concise history in how radical political violence played out across Europe during the final Cold War years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
October 12, 2010
Absolutely brilliant work from Assayas, the most impressive film of his career, and quite an astounding career turn for Ramirez as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
October 15, 2010
A suspenseful, captivating and provocative thriller that's epic in scope and boasts a powerful, star-making performance by Edgar Ramírez.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.385/10
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 24, 2010
Goes on for longer than a kidney transplant op.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
[A] hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius from master French filmmaker Olivier Assayas...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 14, 2010
This is bravura filmmaking. It is mobile and muscular, and yet never glorifies its protagonist's callous, pathetic and often hilariously misfiring bids for a place in the annals of history.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 12, 2010
Both a powerhouse piece of docudrama-thriller filmmaking and a cannily politicized work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
December 21, 2010

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