(2010– )

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100
Variety
Bravura narrative filmmaking on a hugely ambitious scale, Carlos is a spectacular achievement.
100
Village Voice
Carlos is nevertheless a movie that one can somehow remember vividly for months. Much of this power is due to the whiplash widescreen cinematography (oft-mistaken for DV), the hopped-up editing, and, not least, Ramirez's aptly arrogant, fully transfixing, Method-style turn.
100
Though it runs an epic five-and-a-half hours (it was made for French TV), Carlos books like no film since "Goodfellas." You will not be bored, ever.
100
Hypnotic and sprawling five-hour-plus piece of cinematic genius.
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.
91
Carlos is mostly tense and thrilling, revealing the poisonous side of global citizenship.
90
Shot by shot, scene by scene, it's a fluid and enthralling piece of work. I wasn't bored for a millisecond.
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.
83
A rivetingly journalistic account of a scoundrel's rise and fall.

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