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The Devil's Advocate Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie never fully engaged me; my mind raced ahead of the plot, and the John Grisham stuff clashed with the Exorcist stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 17, 2012
Far too bland and mediocre to really pull off such heavy handed themes...
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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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
Keanu Reeves as a lawyer? Simply hilarious.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
As the movie approaches 2 1/4 hours, it begins feeling like eternal damnation.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
Allan Ulrich
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
A muddled metaphysical thriller that takes a small eternity to engage the observer with its flimsy characters and its tired special effects.
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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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Rarely do we actually encounter such a brazen example of the 'so bad it's good' genre of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Some movies seem to have been made for just one scene, and disappointingly, The Devil's Advocate is one of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Luty
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Plods along on the winds of unpleasantness and mindlessness towards its climax, where a completely arbitrary, soapy plot twist is thrown into the mix.
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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.
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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
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2000
The film's setup is much more interesting than the overblown payoff offered by Hackford and screenwriters Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media
July 12, 2016
Violence, sex, profanity dominate graphic temptation tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A highly enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
This may not be the most intelligent film of the autumn season, but it stands among the best horror films we have seen on the screen in the last few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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