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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: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Dec 30, 2012
    9
    The movie plot is interesting, it makes a good effort at presenting a Christian view of some of the ethical & spiritual difficulties (albeitThe movie plot is interesting, it makes a good effort at presenting a Christian view of some of the ethical & spiritual difficulties (albeit magnified) a young up-and-coming attorney goes through. Despite potential theological or doctrinal issues, the director and actors do a great job in this movie. Free will is a simple yet key aspect of the plot, with special reference to balancing marriage a work, as well as work ethics. I have seen this movie many times. Best wishes Expand
  2. Ndi
    May 3, 2013
    9
    The entire movie is a setup for the end, where Pacino delivers an incredible performance. An original movie, a good setup with an excellentThe entire movie is a setup for the end, where Pacino delivers an incredible performance. An original movie, a good setup with an excellent closing. This is may be my favorite movie.

    It would be a 10, but you can't just put Keanu Reeves on the same stage as Pacino. He looks like he's taking his first year acting exam. He's not an awful actor, but you can see the difference in class.

    This is 10 rating movie, with a slight casting limitation. Definitely, definitely recommend.
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  3. May 11, 2013
    8
    Finally got round to watching this film, and I wasn't dissapointed. Dark, stylish and good fun. Pacino is perfect as ever, and even KeanuFinally got round to watching this film, and I wasn't dissapointed. Dark, stylish and good fun. Pacino is perfect as ever, and even Keanu holds his own here. Cool ending too. Expand
  4. Dec 14, 2013
    7
    Diverting supernatural hokum, elevated from the tolerable by a cracking, show-stealing performance by Al Pacino. It's mostly enjoyable,Diverting supernatural hokum, elevated from the tolerable by a cracking, show-stealing performance by Al Pacino. It's mostly enjoyable, sporadically entertaining, but it might stretch your patience as it's nearly two-and-a-half hours long. Expand
  5. Jun 6, 2013
    6
    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 isIt 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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