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The Devil's Advocate

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The Devil's Advocate

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
performer:
Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves, Judith Ivey, Jeffrey Jones, Connie Nielsen, Charlize Theron
director:
Taylor Hackford
author:
Tony Gilroy, Jonathan Lemkin
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Drama

We gave it a B

You think you have the boss from hell. Pity poor Kevin Lomax (Reeves), a hotshot young attorney who finds himself working for a mysterious New York power broker named John Milton (Pacino) — a.k.a. Satan — in The Devil’s Advocate. Director Taylor Hackford (Against All Odds) and screenwriters Jonathan Lemkin and Tony Gilroy have devised a slick, entertaining morality tale — but the real craftsman here is Pacino, who delivers his operatic performance with lip-smacking relish. And thanks to video, you can replay and savor the film’s fall-from-grace notes: cameos by Don King and New York sen. Al D?Amato as Satan?s buddies and creature creator Rick Baker?s briefly seen demons. B+