June 7, 2019
While it owes a great debt to The Godfather (a film to which Assayas tips his hat), Carlos stands tall as its own grand achievement on a rare and staggering scale.
December 31, 2018
Edgar Ramírez epitomizes fearlessness and sophistication all while ruling with an iron fist and shedding innocent blood for his political cause.
November 5, 2018
There is a sense that the film makers became far too engrossed in their subject matter, whilst forgetting that the point of drama -- as opposed to biography -- is to evoke emotion through a unique connection with its audience.
April 10, 2016
Olivier Assayas' epic account of the life and myth of real-life terrorist Carlos the Jackal is a mesmerizing portrait of a committed activist who transforms himself into a media-hungry rock star of an international terrorist.
March 11, 2016
Though a superbly made and meticulous portrait, Carlos is more interesting than entertaining.
October 27, 2011
Carlos is a smart piece of filmmaking that delivers thrilling sequences and doesn't pander -- grounding its idealistic character in a sea of contradictions.
July 23, 2011
Una pelcula narrada con mucho rigor y nervio, que logra reconstruir a la perfeccin la atmsfera y las tensiones geo-polticas de la poca en la que est ambientada. Gran trabajo del venezolano Edgar Ramrez en el rol titular.
January 21, 2011
It's obviously not meant to be funny, but in a way it is.
January 15, 2011
it's this downtime that finally, finally begins to show some cracks in Carlos' armor. It slowly becomes clear that Carlos is nothing but surface.
January 7, 2011
Carlos deserves mention alongside the greatest suspense thrillers ever made.
December 21, 2010
The term "epic" often gets bandied around to describe movies that don't really fit the description. But Olivier Assayas' Carlos is the real deal...
December 19, 2010
Mesmerizing 5-hour-30-minute biopic.
December 9, 2010
Carlos was like a terrorist version of James Bond, a high-living, jet-setting playboy terrorist for hire.
December 3, 2010
It manages to deliver a steady stream of action thrills even as it reconsiders the international terrorism of the 1960s and '70s for lessons important today.
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.
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.