The Devil's Advocate Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2008
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Washington Post
October 18, 2008
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
[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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie never fully engaged me; my mind raced ahead of the plot, and the John Grisham stuff clashed with the Exorcist stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
As the movie approaches 2 1/4 hours, it begins feeling like eternal damnation.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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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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Entertainment Weekly
October 17, 1997
Full Review | Original Score: B