The Devil's Advocate (1997)



Critic Consensus: Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.

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Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn't heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as "the dwelling place of demons." Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his legalistic skills to the test at a leading Manhattan law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino). It all goes smoothly -- with Milton … More

Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Jonathan Lemkin, Tony Gilroy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 16, 1998
Warner Home Video


as John Milton

as Kevin Lomax

as Mary Ann Lomax

as Eddie Barzoon

as Mrs. Lomax

as Christabella

as Alexander Cullen

as Jackie Heath

as Pam Garrety

as Weaver

as Melissa Black

as Melissa Black

as Diana Barzoon

as Voodoo Practitioner

as Meisel

as Gettys

as Mrs. Gettys

as Gettys' Son

as Barbara's Father

as Florida Prosecutor

as Florida Judge

as Florida Reporter

as Florida Bailiff

as 1st Florida Lawyer

as Judge Sklar

as Pie Face

as Chinese Man

as Menage a Trois Woman

as Himself

as Fight Fan

as Fight Fan

as Joyce Rensaleer

as Takaori Osumi

as Parvathi Resh

as Bashir Toabal

as Multilingual Party G...

as Female No. 1

as Limo Driver

as Botanica Woman

as Big Guy

as Babs Coleman

as Spanish Restaurant M...

as Flamenco Guitarist

as Flamenco Dancer

as Flamenco Dancer

as Allesandra

as Therapist

as Woman Judge

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Judge Poe

as Bailiff

as Bailiff

as Broygo

as Technician

as Nurse No. 2

as Orderly No. 1

as Himself

as Himself
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Advocate

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (14)

Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

[Hackford] seems stuck in a private limbo, unable to decide whether he's making a special-effects flick or a pop-philosophical tract.

Full Review… | July 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

As the movie approaches 2 1/4 hours, it begins feeling like eternal damnation.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

Far too bland and mediocre to really pull off such heavy handed themes...

Full Review… | October 17, 2012
Cinema Crazed

Audience Reviews for The Devil's Advocate


The Devil's advocate is a terrifying, well crafted Horror drama that is one of a few last good films starring Al Pacino. The film combines all sorts of elements into one film, and it's a refreshing take on the traditional horror film. I really enjoyed Al Pacino's performance here and Keanu Reeves, who usually is one dimensional in his acting abilities, gives a good performance as well. The film feels as if John Grisham and Stephen King would've collaborated on a film and this was the result. A good film with good acting, and an even better story. Al Pacino was definitely a wise choice to play the devil in this film and this is simply a well crafted film with creepy, horrifying elements to it. That makes all the difference. This is a well executed film, one that has plenty of chills and good story development. The film may miss the mark on few occasions, but for the most part, the film succeeds in being a work of pure entertainment that will most likely surprise viewers by Keanu Reeve's good performance. But like I said, Al Pacino really is the actor that delivers the goods on screen; he makes the role his own and steals every scene he's in. I think it's too bad that lately he hasn't done anything good, but Devil's Advocate is one of his last great performances. Devil's Advocate is a fine Motion Picture and is a truly entertaining Horror film that every fan of the genre must see. Truly eerie and atmospheric, Devil's Advocate is a film that will most likely make you sleep depraved for a little while.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This movie confirms the myth that lawyers are really demons from Hell. It also has an excellent cast. I really enjoyed this movie, it's very cool, and I highly recommend it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

The story was just weird. It got crazy to crazier from the middle. And it's very slow. Keanu's acting was okay but his wink in the beginning looked fake (or weird).

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

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