L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate)
L' Avocat de la Terreur (Terror's Advocate) (2007)

Filmmaker Barbet Schroeder transcends the borders of the political and judiciary arenas to explore the mystery of a man who stands up for some of society's most deplorable figures. Enigmatic lawyer Jacques Vergès began his career by… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 18, 2007
DVD Release Date: February 19, 2008
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Terror's Advocate is a fascinating portrayal of a controversial political figure; both morally unsettling and emotionally gripping.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

The movie functions crackingly well as a non-fiction international thriller.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

For just a moment, ignore politics. Consider Jacques Vergès simply as star. The radical French lawyer is an absolutely compelling figure onscreen: exotic, resolute, beguilingly smug.

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Annie Wagner
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

This movie is packed with so much glamour and carnage you won't believe it's a documentary about one man.

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Jason McBride
Globe and Mail

The lawyer's intense isolation, his solitary, perverse rage against the world, against France, against conventional opinion, is felt most deeply.

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Tamara Straus
San Francisco Chronicle

Jacques Vergès makes for compelling documentary film fodder: He is arrogant, cosmopolitan, politically unpredictable and enmeshed in the roots of modern international terrorism.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Ainda que falhe em decifrar seu complexo protagonista, o documentário estabelece um intrigante retrato de um homem cujos princípios morais e ideológicos eventualmente se tornam tão flexíveis quanto o espectro alcançado por sua clientela.

Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Schroeder's film, which combines interviews with many of the key figures in Vergès' career with grainy historical footage, lets its subject speak for itself but leaves little doubt of where the filmmaker stands.

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post

A panorama of European radicalism.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

At its best, the documentary shows us an unsavory character answering a bunch of softball questions and whose best logic is to play the Third World race card.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]Once upon a time, Barbet Schroeder directed a movie called "Reversal of Fortune" starring Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver and Glenn… More
John Ballantine
Someone has to defend them I suppose. Here is the tale of the man who defends the undefendable. A friend of Carlos the Jackal and Nazis etc. The question to be… More