The Devil's Advocate
The Devil's Advocate (1997)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 17, 1997
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1998
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Critic Score: 66% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it is ultimately somewhat undone by its own lofty ambitions, The Devil's Advocate is a mostly effective blend of supernatural thrills and character exploration.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of what's gone before.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Although it's nice for a film to be ambitious, there is such a thing as overreaching.

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Rob Vaux

Critics called it out for its melodramatic tone, but the theatrics are far more feature than bug, and the participants seem just aware enough of the overheated material to wink without upending the whole apple cart.

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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.

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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.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Couldn't be more ridiculous.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The movie's greatest strength is that it becomes more complex and rewarding as it goes along.

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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.

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Andrea Beach
Common Sense Media

Violence, sex, profanity dominate graphic temptation tale.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Devil's advocate is a terrifying, well crafted Horror drama that is one of a few last good films starring Al Pacino. The film combines all sorts of… More
Film Crazy
i love Al Pacino, and he by far played the best satan ever, i think i follow the storyline, i may have to rewatch it to get the full facts of what its trying to… More
Aj V
This movie confirms the myth that lawyers are really demons from Hell. It also has an excellent cast. I really enjoyed this movie, it's very cool, and I… More
Martin Sahlin
Very nice movie. And nice how it pretty much changes genre in the middle of the movie. Great work by Reeves, Pacino and Theron. They should be happy with what… More
Dead Angel
The story was just weird. It got crazy to crazier from the middle. And it's very slow. Keanu's acting was okay but his wink in the beginning looked… More
Ginny  X
Vanity, definitely my favorite sin. (RE-RATED)