The Devil's Advocate

The Devil's Advocate
The Devil's Advocate
  • R
  • 2h 18m
  • 1997
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Keanu Reeves stars as a successful young attorney battling for his very soul with Oscar-winner Al Pacino as his sinister boss in the supernatural thriller The Devil's Advocate. Florida lawyer Kevin Lomax (Reeves--The Matrix films) brilliantly defends his guilty clients. Handpicked by John Milton (Pacino--Scent of a Woman, The Godfather films), the most powerful and feared attorney in New York, Kevin leaves his Southern roots, joining an exotic world of luxury cars, unlimited expense accounts and penthouse apartments. But his heavenly new career soon turns into hell as Milton's lure of limitless wealth, sex, and fame spins out of control. As the line between fantasy and reality blurs, Kevin no longer sees his employer as just a smooth-talking businessman, but as someone much more ominous. Now, Trapped in an underworld of depravity and greed, can Kevin stop a demonic plan to spread evil well beyond the courtroom?

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics 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.
Detroit News
Susan Stark

June 21, 2017
Time Out
Nigel Floyd

Regrettably, an overblown finale and redundant trick ending undercut the mild subversiveness of wh...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

[Hackford] seems stuck in a private limbo, unable to decide whether he's making a special-effects...

June 17, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Violence, sex, profanity dominate graphic temptation tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Devil's Advocate has graphic violence and sex; frequent profanity that dehumanizes, especially sexually; and themes including child molestation, murder, incest, and the depths you'll descend to when you give in to temptation. It's not for kids. The violence is graphic, gory, and bloody and tied to sex in a court case involving child molestation. There also are discussions about consenting to sex but then wanting it to stop, and a fully naked woman is shown from the front with bloody cuts all over her body. Another instance of full-frontal female nudity is sexual; several scenes of simulated sex show topless women; and nude male buttocks are shown. There is drinking, smoking, and drugs. Ultimately there's a moral in there about the evils of giving in to temptation, but a plot twist weakens the message. Viewers may be left with conflicting feelings of titillation and revulsion, so they should be old enough to handle those effectively.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date:October 17, 1997
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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