The Devil's Advocate Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 26, 2012
Outrageously entertaining ... The picture's most superlative turn comes from Charlize Theron, who's a revelation in the first role to really show off her talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2011
Stylishly seductive and well-acted by Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, but thematically flawed, Taylor Hackford's film is yet another version of the Faustian morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 24, 2008
This supremely silly supernatural potboiler is slickly entertaining for just under two hours and absolutely hilarious for 10 minutes near the end...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2008
This is tongue-in-cheek, fun thriller and a variation on a classic theme -- would you sell your soul to gain the whole world?
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Great fun, with a mildly horrific edge, and a great portrayal of demonic glee by Al Pacino.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
December 5, 2003
Charlize Theron makes an incredibly good impression in the role of a woman with deteriorating mental health.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Despite a wooden performance by Keanu Reeves, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable film for those who enjoy an intelligent horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The worst thing about The Devil's Advocate is how it squanders the little chance that it had to be a truly creepy and engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A literate meditation on human weakness and a hipped-out horror movie all in one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
A hell of a lot more fun than any film bearing John Grisham's name.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O espetáculo final compensa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Cackling and leering, Pacino puts on a great show, investing enough in his character to make him evil, but not so much that we think he's truly serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Lurid advance ads for Devil's Advocate make it look ridiculous. It's not.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A highly enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
First the good news: Devil's Advocate is a visual delight that contains a deliciously over-the-top portrayal of Satan by Al Pacino. Now the bad news: the movie has no brain, heart or soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 72/100
Ted Prigge
January 1, 2000
Watching Al Pacino on screen in this film, playing a role he would hopefully kill for, is one of the few total pleasures of this year movie-wise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Darren Bignell
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
High art this may not be, and certainly no Paradise Lost, but fine filmic entertainment it most definitely is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
At an unsustainable 134 minutes, it's at least 20 minutes longer than it deserves to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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Washington Post
October 18, 2008

Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
June 14, 2001
I could have sat in the parking lot eating room temperature cheese ravioli and had a better time. Three hours of my life were wasted.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/10
Sam Adams
Philadelphia City Paper
January 1, 2000
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