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The Devil's Advocate Reviews

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
July 12, 2016
Violence, sex, profanity dominate graphic temptation tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 17, 2012
Far too bland and mediocre to really pull off such heavy handed themes...
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 26, 2012
Outrageously entertaining ... The picture's most superlative turn comes from Charlize Theron, who's a revelation in the first role to really show off her talents.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
July 1, 2011
Stylishly seductive and well-acted by Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, but thematically flawed, Taylor Hackford's film is yet another version of the Faustian morality tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 24, 2008
This supremely silly supernatural potboiler is slickly entertaining for just under two hours and absolutely hilarious for 10 minutes near the end...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 24, 2008
This is tongue-in-cheek, fun thriller and a variation on a classic theme -- would you sell your soul to gain the whole world?
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
Great fun, with a mildly horrific edge, and a great portrayal of demonic glee by Al Pacino.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Dragan Antulov
December 5, 2003
Charlize Theron makes an incredibly good impression in the role of a woman with deteriorating mental health.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Despite its dull first hour, The Devil's Advocate becomes an OK, recommendable film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
Despite a wooden performance by Keanu Reeves, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable film for those who enjoy an intelligent horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The worst thing about The Devil's Advocate is how it squanders the little chance that it had to be a truly creepy and engaging film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
A literate meditation on human weakness and a hipped-out horror movie all in one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 22, 2002
A hell of a lot more fun than any film bearing John Grisham's name.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
[Hackford] seems stuck in a private limbo, unable to decide whether he's making a special-effects flick or a pop-philosophical tract.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
May 31, 2002
O espetáculo final compensa.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
Cackling and leering, Pacino puts on a great show, investing enough in his character to make him evil, but not so much that we think he's truly serious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
One of those films that look good as a trailer, but the house of cards soon falls flat when the idea has to be sustained for 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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