Carlos Reviews

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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 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 4, 2010
It is one of the best pictures of the year.
October 28, 2010
It's a subtle, ultimately staggering portrayal of a bloody-minded ideologue who convinced only himself.
October 22, 2010
There are ups and downs to international terrorism as a career and Carlos lays them out very fairly.
October 22, 2010
A long and complex film (five and a half hours) that seems to go by in a series of vivid flashes.
October 21, 2010
Carlos is a television-drama-turned-movie that interestingly injects a boxset quality into its idea of epic.
October 21, 2010
An imaginative but exhausting study of a man who embodied the shifting sands of history.
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.
October 19, 2010
The length of the scene ties in to the unhurried, forensic calm of Carlos as a whole.
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.
October 15, 2010
Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.
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.
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.
October 14, 2010
[A] hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius from master French filmmaker Olivier Assayas...
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.
October 14, 2010
Carlos is mostly tense and thrilling, revealing the poisonous side of global citizenship.
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.
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