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  • Summary: A drama about the eternal struggle between power and weakness, between temptation and surrender, between good and limitless evil.  (Warner Bros.)
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The Devil's Advocate is a sharp, suspenseful and completely satisfying movie.
  2. Unlike so many pagan entertainments that seem to have no moral center as they blow things up, this one in fact does. It's very small, but it's there.
  3. The story (adapted from Andrew Neiderman's novel by Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy) is surprisingly well-handled, given its rather crazy premise.
  4. The Devil's Advocate is a dull morality tale, but a number of bright moments come courtesy of the Prince of Darkness.
  5. Taylor Hackford's thriller makes a mischievous assault on today's legal system, but its points would be more telling if the story didn't veer so often into needless sensationalism and eye-catching effects.
  6. 30
    The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Jul 11, 2014
    The Devil's Advocate is a first rate thriller. Pacino and Reeves are a terrific on screen duo. The plot
    is tricky and the effects are
    entertaining. Every actor adds great lines to the movie and there are
    memorable scenes, A+.
  2. Sep 22, 2014
    One of the smartest thrillers I have ever seen.
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    An ingenious, intense thriller that will fascinate you.
  4. Aug 28, 2014
    Devil's advocate has a great cast, spooky elements and brilliant performances from Al Pacino, Keanu
    Reeves and Charlize Theron. The movie is
    intricately plotted and will keep you on the edge of your
    seat. Definitely one of the most underrated thrillers of the 90's.
  5. Sep 14, 2014
    Terrific acting and exquisite add to the the fun of this movie. Plus a convoluted plot that will thrill you.
  6. Sep 19, 2014
  7. Jun 6, 2013
    It is not a brilliant movie, but it's amusing. The devil's character begun to be mysterious and with the right speech, but at the end it is ruined by the good vs devil's "cliché" conversation. Expand

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