100

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Part of the accomplishment of Carlos is the sheer accumulation of detail the movie amasses, and the longer running time gives you a deeper sense of the terrorist lifestyle, and when and why Ilich gradually succumbed to ego and self-glorification without realizing it.
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100

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One of the high points of last month's Telluride Film Festival was, as I wrote at the time, spending 5½ hours in a darkened theater-with one short break around the four-hour mark-to watch Olivier Assayas's shocking and edifying epic.
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100

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
A preening terrorist for the Me generation, his primary drive was vanity and his main professional asset an absence of empathy.
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90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
It's a tricky feat, channeling the glamour of a famous international terrorist without glamorizing him. But damned if French filmmaker Olivier Assayas doesn't pull it off with Carlos.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Ray Bennett
It is a tremendous achievement that shines a light on the way many countries use criminals to further their domestic and international goals. Politically informative, it also offers great drama with excitement and suspense, and no little tragedy.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Carlos moves like a greyhound out of the gate, fleet and assured and focused on the business at hand. It's a subtle, ultimately staggering portrayal of a bloody-minded ideologue who convinced only himself.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
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85

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Most of the dialogue is invented, but the sweep of events is genuine.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's rise and fall.
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80

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Assayas - whose previous work, though noteworthy, never hinted at this kind of ambition - gives the film a journalistic quality, while admitting that only a recombination of facts and fiction could do the story justice. It certainly results in explosive viewing.
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94 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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