(2010 TV Mini-Series)

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100
Wall Street Journal
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.
100
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.
100
A preening terrorist for the Me generation, his primary drive was vanity and his main professional asset an absence of empathy.
90
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.
90
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.
88
The movie crawls hypnotically into the skin of this global assassin and astonishes you with its brazenly violent and sexual audacity.
88
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.
85
Most of the dialogue is invented, but the sweep of events is genuine.
83
A rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's rise and fall.
80
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.
75
Carlos is exciting entertainment, even if its subject's two-decade reign of terror is reprehensible.

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