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 29, 2010
Carlos isn't just the best movie of the year, it is arguably one of the single greatest motion picture I have ever seen.
October 28, 2010
It's a subtle, ultimately staggering portrayal of a bloody-minded ideologue who convinced only himself.
October 24, 2010
Goes on for longer than a kidney transplant op.
October 22, 2010
There are ups and downs to international terrorism as a career and Carlos lays them out very fairly.
October 22, 2010
It absolutely whizzes by.
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
Ramirez's outstanding performance and Assayes' superb skill in storytelling make this a mini-series not to be missed.
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 20, 2010
A wizardly piece of brutal, romantic filmmaking, it makes old-fashioned beret-based terrorism look a thrill.
October 19, 2010
The length of the scene ties in to the unhurried, forensic calm of Carlos as a whole.
October 15, 2010
In its full-length version, Carlos stretches out to a languorous yet surprisingly taut five and a half hours, though it has also been cut down to an equally effective -- though not as detailed -- two-and-a-half-hour version.
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.
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