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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 urging them to stay, putting Kevin on a $400-per-hour salary, and moving the couple into a luxurious apartment in his own building on Fifth Avenue -- where Mary Ann falls under the influence of neighbor Jackie (Tamara Tunie). After Kevin defends a weird animal sacrificer (Delroy Lindo, uncredited), he moves up to an important case with an apparent murderer, real-estate tycoon Alexander Cullen (Craig T. Nelson). Ignored by Kevin, the troubled Mary Ann has some disturbing experiences, verging on the occult, while Kevin, at work, becomes attracted to redhead Christabella (Connie Neilsen). Dazzled by his entrance into paradise, Kevin doesn't grasp who handed him this Big-Apple success. Could it be...Satan? The film features demonic creatures by Rick Baker. Cameos (Senator Alfonse D'Amato, Don King, others) add to the ambiance of ambition and power in the canyons of Manhattan. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovimore
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


Al Pacino
as John Milton
Keanu Reeves
as Kevin Lomax
Charlize Theron
as Mary Ann Lomax
Jeffrey Jones
as Eddie Barzoon
Judith Ivey
as Mrs. Lomax
Connie Nielsen
as Christabella
Craig T. Nelson
as Alexander Cullen
Tamara Tunie
as Jackie Heath
Debra Monk
as Pam Garrety
Laura Harrington
as Melissa Black
Laura Harrinton
as Melissa Black
Pamela Gray
as Diana Barzoon
Delroy Lindo
as Voodoo Practitioner
Connie Embesi
as Mrs. Gettys
Jonathan Cavallary
as Gettys' Son
Murphy Guyer
as Barbara's Father
Leo Burmester
as Florida Prosecutor
Bill Moor
as Florida Judge
Neal Jones
as Florida Reporter
Eddie Aldridge
as Florida Bailiff
Mark Deakins
as 1st Florida Lawyer
Alan Manson
as Judge Sklar
Brian Poteat
as Pie Face
Kim Chan
as Chinese Man
Caprice Benedetti
as Menage a Trois Woman
Don King
as Himself
Ray Garvey
as Fight Fan
Rocco Musacchia
as Fight Fan
Susan Kellermann
as Joyce Rensaleer
James Saito
as Takaori Osumi
Harsh Nayyar
as Parvathi Resh
M.B. Ghaffari
as Bashir Toabal
Nicki Cochrane
as Multilingual Party G...
Fenja Klaus
as Female No. 1
Gino Lucci
as Limo Driver
Novella Nelson
as Botanica Woman
Benny Nieves
as Big Guy
Franci Leary
as Babs Coleman
Jorge Navarro
as Spanish Restaurant M...
Jose Fernandes Torre...
as Flamenco Guitarist
Antonio Vargas Corte...
as Flamenco Dancer
Elena Camunez Anduja...
as Flamenco Dancer
Monica Keena
as Allesandra
Linda Atkinson
as Therapist
E. Katherine Kerr
as Woman Judge
Liza Harris
as Reporter
Bill Boggs
as Reporter
Bo Rucker
as Reporter
Michael Lombard
as Judge Poe
Marc Manfro
as Bailiff
J. Nester
as Bailiff
George Sperdakos
as Technician
Marcia DeBonis
as Nurse No. 2
Harold Surratt
as Orderly No. 1
Lou Rudin
as Himself
Alan Grubman
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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