Warner Bros. Pictures | Release Date: October 17, 1997
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Paramilitary400May 17, 2015
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
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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FarsheedJun 5, 2016
It is one of the movies which has been always underestimated by critics. The Devil's Advocate is absolutely one the most brilliant performances by Al Pacino let alone that it has a so interesting story.
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pedelcosaDec 30, 2012
The 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 doctrinalThe 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
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NdiMay 3, 2013
The 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 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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SpangleMay 10, 2016
A thoroughly terrifying and dismaying morality play, The Devil's Advocate takes a deliciously twisted approach to supernatural thriller and blends it with a bit of courtroom drama to distract you from what is really on trial. Keanu Reeves isA thoroughly terrifying and dismaying morality play, The Devil's Advocate takes a deliciously twisted approach to supernatural thriller and blends it with a bit of courtroom drama to distract you from what is really on trial. Keanu Reeves is very good here, but has got nothing on Al Pacino and his turn here as Satan. Thoroughly evil, deceitful, and menacing, Pacino exudes evil here and plays the role perfectly, enticing the audience to both trust and fear him in unison as he wraps Reeves around his finger. An interesting take on revelations and the end of the world as well, The Devil's Advocate really messes with your mind and makes you wonder who among us could be a similar type of wolf in sheep's clothing. Overall, The Devil's Advocate takes a minute to kick it into high gear, but when it does, it is more than worth it. Expand
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CeltroMay 11, 2013
Finally 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.
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MovieMasterEddyApr 3, 2016
'Devil's Advocate': Perfectly Evil.

IN: Satan OUT: God That is the premise of Taylor Hackford's preposterously entertaining "Devil's Advocate," in which Al Pacino gives the Devil his due and then some. A wicked parable for a wicked
'Devil's Advocate': Perfectly Evil.

IN: Satan OUT: God

That is the premise of Taylor Hackford's preposterously entertaining "Devil's Advocate," in which Al Pacino gives the Devil his due and then some.

A wicked parable for a wicked age, the film presupposes a powerful Manhattan law firm in which the Big Guy Himself, Beelzebub, is the senior partner. His choppers gleaming, his eyes alight with the fire of a billion souls roasting in agony forever, his hair midnight-shiny with the self-confident Wildroot of all evil, Pacino plays John Milton (grad student symbolism alert: John Milton, 1608-1674, English poet who wrote "Paradise Lost"), Mr. Scratch in pinstripes. As his protein-rich hair and glossy smile attest, it's great work if you can get it.

The movie is in a genre that has nearly vanished from film culture: supernatural fantasy, ecclesiastical subset, the supreme work of which was "I Married a Witch" in 1942. But Hackford has a reactionary's adoration of old movie forms (remember his "An Officer and a Gentleman," the best service drama of 1946, except that it happened to be made in 1982). He shamelessly blasts ahead, as if he's made a deal with otherworldly powers. Hmmmm.

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: The Devil, it halfheartedly argues, is a bad person. Lust, avarice and bopping thy neighbor's wife are still no-nos, and if you decide they are for you, there will be consequences.

So underneath the fab performances and the computerized trickery by which people oozily morph into demons and then back to men in the blink of an eye, the movie is preaching that old-time religion. On the other hand, it doesn't have much confidence in God. He clearly needs a better stylist and wardrobe, and certainly a better publicist. He's nowhere to be seen, not even in the tabloids. In fact, his former acolyte offers the chilling Nietzschean proposition that He's really an absentee landlord. Theologically, the film says that God is here but He suffers from attention deficit disorder.

I am of course too highfalutin, too refined, too darn sensitive to resort to movie-crit-speak, but if I weren't, I might say that "Devil's Advocate" is "The Firm" meets "Rosemary's Baby," with a good deal more wit than either John Grisham or Ira Levin managed on their own. A tale of innocence struggling with corruption that could be traced back to Faust's first folly, the original Bad Career Move, it watches as talented, earnest but rather narrow country lawyer Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves, whose awkwardness helps rather than hurts his performance) is invited to New York, seduced by the hushed grandeur and the soft squish of big money in the offices of Milton Chadwick Waters and by the second reel has committed to Gotham's Big Law lifestyle. This includes a Park Avenue apartment with a hundred or so rooms, interesting cases, flashy, fleshy parties and rubbing shoulders with people who've clearly already sold their souls to get where they are. (Alfonse D'Amato, did you read the script before you agreed to appear? And . . . where's Howard Stern?)

But even as he is being mentored and semi-seduced by the glossy Milton and absorbed into the lifestyle of the demimonde, the natively bright Lomax is beginning to see through him. For one thing, the older man radiates carnality, a raptor's glee in the pleasures of the flesh. He's the Devil of too much testosterone and too little conscience, wildly seductive to both men (who emulate) and women (who succumb). He's polymorphous perversity in clothes by Armani. But the film is structured around legal and emotional issues.

The legal issue is Lomax's first big case, in which he must defend a Trump-like magnate (Craig T. Nelson) accused of murdering his wife and stepchild. Problem No. 1: The client's fingerprints are on the gun. Problem No. 2: The client is guilty as hell. This is the moral crux of the film and perhaps its cheapest shot: What is the lawyer's professional responsibility toward a client he knows to be guilty? It's a dilemma Kevin Lomax faces twice, and he always comes down on the side of professionalism, and is condemned by moralist Hackford for it. But the larger question isn't considered: We may hate the legal sleazoids who get bad boys off, but do we really want them throwing cases and serving, ipso facto, as judge and jury?

Not since the year the Orioles lost the pennant -- wait, that's this year, dammit! -- have the issues of Beelzebub v. the People been laid so bare. Daniel Webster himself couldn't have done it better, and if "Devil's Advocate" won't save any souls, it's great entertainment on the road to Hell.
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ThegodfathersonDec 14, 2013
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.
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MadameQuelhasJun 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.
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