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Carlos Reviews

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Christopher Kelly
Dallas Morning News
January 7, 2011
Carlos deserves mention alongside the greatest suspense thrillers ever made.
| Original Score: 5/5
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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
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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
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 22, 2010
A long and complex film (five and a half hours) that seems to go by in a series of vivid flashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 20, 2010
Assayas returns with a hulking, seething, intermittently sublime, five-and-a-half hour film in which he manages to draw together elements from both of these distinct styles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
October 19, 2010
The length of the scene ties in to the unhurried, forensic calm of Carlos as a whole.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 15, 2010
Why turn a movie into a marathon? Because time may be fleeting, but it's mysteriously elastic as well. Once you've committed to an experience as intense as this one, hours become much less than the sum total of their minutes.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
October 15, 2010
Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 15, 2010
Carlos steps into the abyss created by the loss of political hope and fills it with blood and terror, playing to the faithful with anti-imperialist rhetoric and a pantomime of that old-time revolutionary feeling.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 14, 2010
A whole bunch of dense and interesting drama, and an honest effort to reckon with a challenging history that continues to resonate in our own time.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
[A] hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius from master French filmmaker Olivier Assayas...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
October 14, 2010
It's a dynamite movie, and you can see it in the full 330-minute version or the 140-minute cut. Either way, see it. It'll knock you sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 14, 2010
Carlos is mostly tense and thrilling, revealing the poisonous side of global citizenship.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 13, 2010
Olivier Assayas' three-part drama about Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan-born radical-Marxist terrorist of the '70s and '80s, is a rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's rise and fall.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 13, 2010
The apex of director Olivier Assayas's already impressive career, it's a landmark of pop politics taken to extremes.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
October 12, 2010
Carlos suggests that the genre-hopping Assayas could maximize his own ambition even within the tight confines of a prison drama.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 11, 2010
Shot by shot, scene by scene, it's a fluid and enthralling piece of work. I wasn't bored for a millisecond.