The Devil's Advocate

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Warner Bros. Released 1997

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Director:
Taylor Hackford
Released:
1997
Rating:
R

The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American horror film starring Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and Charlize Theron. Kevin Lomax (Reeves) is a defense attorney living in Gainesville Florida that has never lost a case. When he successfully defends a child molester, he receives an offer by John Milton (Al Pacino) to move to New York and work for Milton's prominent law firm. Kevin and his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) move into an apartment in Manhattan and slowly Kevin devotes more and more of his life to the firm. Kevin takes on a case defending Alex Cullen (Craig T. Nelson), a corporate billionaire accused of murdering his wife and child. Mary Ann begins showing signs of mental illness, but Kevin ignores them. When Eddie Barzoon (Jeffrey Jones) becomes convinced that Kevin is going to take his place as partner in the firm, he is beaten to death in Central Park by vagrants. Kevin finds Mary Ann naked in a church and when she blames Milton for raping her, Kevin thinks she's crazy and has her committed. As Kevin's world begins to fall apart, he finds out that Milton isn't exactly who he claims to be. The Devil's Advocate was a moderate critical and commercial success.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    The film uses morphing and Rick Baker's monster effects strikingly, but it also keeps its gimmicks well tethered to reality.

  • 70

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    A fairly entertaining supernatural potboiler that finally bubbles over with a nearly operatic sense of absurdity and excess.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Directed in bold, energetic strokes by Taylor Hackford, "Devil" is fine disreputable fun at first, a stylish and watchable hoot. But then its tone changes, the plot goes gimmicky a...

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    mysterious forces, judicial justice, high stake situations, evil company, demonic resurrection