Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
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  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. Reviewed by: Jack Kroll
    80
    Written with brio and staged rousingly by director Taylor Hackford, the film is good, kitschy fun -- after all, how can you hate a movie that casts litigators as the new legions of Lucifer?
  4. 75
    The Devil's Advocate is a highly-enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play.
  5. The film uses morphing and Rick Baker's monster effects strikingly, but it also keeps its gimmicks well tethered to reality.
  6. The story (adapted from Andrew Neiderman's novel by Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy) is surprisingly well-handled, given its rather crazy premise.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    70
    But there are scenery chewers and there are Michelin-gourmet scenery chewers, and Pacino has a three-star feast.
  8. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    70
    A fairly entertaining supernatural potboiler that finally bubbles over with a nearly operatic sense of absurdity and excess.
  9. 70
    Subtlety was never Taylor Hackford's long suit, but that's an asset in this mischievously fortissimo poke at lawyering and capitalist competition.
  10. 63
    It is not a serious film about its subject, nor is it quite a dark comedy, despite some of Pacino's good lines. The epilogue, indeed, cheats in a way I thought had been left behind in grade school. And yet there are splendid moments.
  11. The Devil's Advocate is a dull morality tale, but a number of bright moments come courtesy of the Prince of Darkness.
  12. Directed in bold, energetic strokes by Taylor Hackford, "Devil" is fine disreputable fun at first, a stylish and watchable hoot. But then its tone changes, the plot goes gimmicky and bombastic speeches about the nature of good and evil clutter the airwaves and confuse the issue.
  13. 50
    This supremely silly supernatural potboiler is slickly entertaining for just under two hours and absolutely hilarious for 10 minutes near the end.
  14. God save us when director Taylor Hackford decides to become a metaphysician and Al Pacino decides to demonstrate his genius by reading the phone book--or, to be precise, a script only slightly less repetitive and long-winded.
  15. 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.
  16. Reviewed by: Allan Ulrich
    50
    Call it "Rosemary's Nephew." Or, simply call The Devil's Advocate a muddled metaphysical thriller that takes a small eternity to engage the observer with its flimsy characters and its tired special effects.
  17. 40
    Devil's Advocate is such a bloated, gargantuan, and ultimately tasteless juggernaut of a film that it manages to achieve a righteously cheesy splendor.
  18. 30
    The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 114 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. 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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  2. 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 Full Review »
  3. May 17, 2015
    10
    Devil's Advocate has stellar acting from Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. The plot is very intricate and there are
    many creepy moments brought on
    Devil's Advocate has stellar acting from Keanu Reeves and Al Pacino. The plot is very intricate and there are
    many creepy moments brought on by Pacino's performance. The movie is exciting and brilliantly original in every area a viewer can rate this movie on. The movie will keep you engaged until the epilogue of the movie. One of the smartest psychological thrillers of the 90's and one of the best movies of 1997 easily. This is one of the most underrated movies ever.
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