The Devil's Advocate
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Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama adapted from the novel by Andrew Neiderman. Attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn't heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as "the dwelling place of demons." Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his legalistic skills to the test at a leading Manhattan law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino). It all goes smoothly -- with Milton urging them to stay, putting Kevin on a $400-per-hour salary, and moving the couple into… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 66%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Far too bland and mediocre to really pull off such heavy handed themes..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This supremely silly supernatural potboiler is slickly entertaining for just under two hours and absolutely hilarious for 10 minutes near the end..."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Charlize Theron makes an incredibly good impression in the role of a woman with deteriorating mental health."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"[Hackford] seems stuck in a private limbo, unable to decide whether he's making a special-effects flick or a pop-philosophical tract."
‑ Rick Groen, Globe and Mail
"The movie never fully engaged me; my mind raced ahead of the plot, and the John Grisham stuff clashed with the Exorcist stuff."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Outrageously entertaining ... The picture's most superlative turn comes from Charlize Theron, who's a revelation in the first role to really show off her talents."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"This is tongue-in-cheek, fun thriller and a variation on a classic theme -- would you sell your soul to gain the whole world?"
‑ , Film4
"Despite its dull first hour, The Devil's Advocate becomes an OK, recommendable film."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Lurid advance ads for Devil's Advocate make it look ridiculous. It's not."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Stylishly seductive and well-acted by Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, but thematically flawed, Taylor Hackford's film is yet another version of the Faustian morality tale."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Great fun, with a mildly horrific edge, and a great portrayal of demonic glee by Al Pacino."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Despite a wooden performance by Keanu Reeves, this is still a thoroughly enjoyable film for those who enjoy an intelligent horror flick."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
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