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Carlos Reviews

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Sean Axmaker
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.
Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
Though a superbly made and meticulous portrait, Carlos is more interesting than entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 14, 2011
Carlos is relentlessly tense and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
July 23, 2011
Una película narrada con mucho rigor y nervio, que logra reconstruir a la perfección la atmósfera y las tensiones geo-políticas de la época en la que está ambientada. Gran trabajo del venezolano Edgar Ramírez en el rol titular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 21, 2011
It's obviously not meant to be funny, but in a way it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
January 15, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
January 7, 2011
Carlos deserves mention alongside the greatest suspense thrillers ever made.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
January 3, 2011
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2010
Mesmerizing 5-hour-30-minute biopic.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 9, 2010
Carlos was like a terrorist version of James Bond, a high-living, jet-setting playboy terrorist for hire.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
November 4, 2010
It is one of the best pictures of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Damien Love
Uncut Magazine [UK]
November 3, 2010
Assayas, hopping the globe from bloody episode to bloody episode with little pause for reflection, offers a concise history in how radical political violence played out across Europe during the final Cold War years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 29, 2010
The film is a fascinating, fictionalized, notably sexually charged account of the two-decade reign of terror masterminded and carried out by this lone radical "soldier."
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
October 29, 2010
Even in it's watered-down 2 1/2 hour cut, CARLOS remains a stunning piece of work. This is a star-making performance for Edgar Ramirex.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 28, 2010
It's a subtle, ultimately staggering portrayal of a bloody-minded ideologue who convinced only himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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