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  18A HD

Olivier Assayas

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Plot Summary

For two decades he was the most wanted man on the planet. Governments hunted him, women adored him, and criminals idolized him. Now experience the remarkable rise and fall of revolutionary terrorist-for-hire Carlos the Jackal in the acclaimed, action-packed epic critics are calling "one of the best pictures of the year" (David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle). Every minute of visionary director Olivier Assayas’s Golden Globe winning full-length, 3-part film is a cinematic experience not to be missed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 62
  • Fresh: 58
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 8.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Carlos steps into the abyss created by the loss of political hope and fills it with blood and terror, playing to the faithful with anti-imperialist rhetoric and a pantomime of that old-time revolutionary feeling. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Oct 15, 2010

Fresh: A whole bunch of dense and interesting drama, and an honest effort to reckon with a challenging history that continues to resonate in our own time. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Oct 14, 2010

Fresh: The length of the scene ties in to the unhurried, forensic calm of Carlos as a whole. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Oct 22, 2010

Fresh: It is one of the best pictures of the year. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Nov 4, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Tour de force

The term epic gets thrown around a lot, but in this case it's entirely deserved. A brilliantly acted, smartly directed biopic.
So cool. It's got everything. It's a fast paced action movie, a master class in terrorist history, a tense suspense movie, a great character study and has more than few funny moments.

The OPEC sequence is worth the price alone.

Film was Great, until I ran out of time.

I believe it's a little ridiculous that you only get 48hrs to watch a 3part miniseries that runs well over 5 hours. I rented it and couldn't finish it in time. My first bad experience with itunes/appleTV

The actual film was great though, lots of action. A true International Spy Game thriller

Excellent movie

Once you see this movie, you'll wonder why you haven't heard of Edgar Ramirez. This actor has an incredible acting talent. He actually speaks several languages and is a true actor. Not just a pretty face. The movie, although long is so well worth seeing. You will not be disappointed. The soundtrack, with music from The Feelies, is excellent.