Owen Gleiberman
October 31, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

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

Embarrassingly entertaining. A young attorney (Keanu Reeves) is recruited to join a New York law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino), a lawyer so ruthless, so egomaniacal, that he?s?well, he?s even more shameless than Alan Dershowitz. Pacino, of course, is playing the devil himself, and the premise of his outrageous performance is that it?s fun to be the baddest guy on God?s block.

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