The Devil's Advocate 1997

Critics score:
66 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Susan Stark, Detroit News: Read more

Janet Maslin, New York Times: Lurid advance ads for Devil's Advocate make it look ridiculous. It's not. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching. Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: [Hackford] seems stuck in a private limbo, unable to decide whether he's making a special-effects flick or a pop-philosophical tract. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: A highly enjoyable motion picture that's part character study, part supernatural thriller, and part morality play. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: The movie never fully engaged me; my mind raced ahead of the plot, and the John Grisham stuff clashed with the Exorcist stuff. Read more

Charles Taylor, The picture starts off slick and amusing, gets convoluted, draggy and strange round about the midway point, and ends up just plain ludicrous. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along. Read more

Nigel Floyd, Time Out: Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before. Read more

Washington Post: Read more