Terror's Advocate (2007) The title Terror's Advocate is both a statement of fact and a worrisome understatement in a documentary as slippery as its subject. Jacques Vergès is… 2007-10-12 Unrated PT132M Documentary Magnolia Pictures
Movie Review

Terror's Advocate (2007)

MPAA Rating: Unrated
DISORDER IN THE COURT Yasser Arafat, seen in Terror's Advocate , the documentary about French lawyer Jacques Vergès
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DISORDER IN THE COURT Yasser Arafat, seen in Terror's Advocate, the documentary about French lawyer Jacques Vergès
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Limited Release: Oct 12, 2007; Rated: Unrated; Length: 132 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

The title Terror's Advocate is both a statement of fact and a worrisome understatement in a documentary as slippery as its subject. Jacques Vergès is a French lawyer (un avocet) who prides himself on having defended some of the world's Most Wanted, among them Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie, Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, and the terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal. What sort of a man can summon so much sympathy for the devil? Vergès, now in his 80s, just smiles mysteriously, maddeningly, while filmmaker Barbet Schroeder offers up a rogues' gallery of evildoers Vergès has known. B+

Originally posted Oct 10, 2007 Published in issue #959-960 Oct 19, 2007 Order article reprints