Carlos Synopsis
Ilich Ramírez Sánchez becomes one of the world's most-wanted terrorists.
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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...
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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...
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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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By Stephanie Zacharek
It's a tricky feat, channeling the glamour of a famous international terrorist without glamorizing him. But damned if French filmmaker...
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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...
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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...
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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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By Mark Jenkins
Most of the dialogue is invented, but the sweep of events is genuine.
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Entertainment Weekly

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

By harry_palm
Something is going on. I just watched this movie on Cable. It was either on Sundance or IFC. Bad acting from everyone around. You can take my word for it, or you can go watch it and waste your...

Carlos the jackal

By Drez_Digital
Engaging political thriller showing the rise of the infamous title character well acted....

A Monster of a film!

By dambo729
In the average time it takes an average person to finish a marathon you can watch this epic film depicting the life of a Venezuelan terrorist. It lasts five and a half hours and you will be...

Another Incredible Thriller by the French!

By macktan
French filmakers are hot! If you've seen Un Prophete, Mesrine 1 & 2, Tell No One, and Anything for Her (new remake The Next Three Days--a duplicate), then prepare yourself for another...

Shortest 5 1/2 hour movie ever!

By drhumbert
Carlos is smart and entertaining; it moves quickly like a thriller, but, at the same time, it offers a complex portrait of Carlos and the times in which he operated. Olivier Assayas at his best and a...

Yes you must go

By Butterfly Steve McQueen
but it proably won't be possible to see the full 5.5 hour version after its run at the Egyptian. That's why I'm a member! It's not the greatest film in the world but the expansiveness of the film...


By greenbes
An incredible piece of film-making! Wonderfully filmic; great acting. The long version is a must....


By onefilmeveryday
You won't breath for more than 5 hours! Great storytelling. But, most of all, this movie is Edgar Ramirez! His is an extraordinary performance by an actor who wasn't afraid to take risks. also, it's...

Carlos - the "short version"

By Godzuki
Yes, the short version is still over 2 1/2 hours but it does feel short. Edgar Ramirez does such a great job with the character that you never see him acting. All told, I wish that I had seen the...

Heavy political drama

By binger73
I truly enjoyed the sharp performance from Edgar Ramirez, and several of the supporting German actors. I didn't think it was an excellent film, but it was a pretty impressive piece of filmmaking. I...

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Rated NR