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Olivier Assayas

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About the Movie

Olivier Assayas electrified the Cannes Film Festival with CARLOS, his epic and definitive portrait of the notorious international terrorist known as Carlos the Jackal, who masterminded a wave of terror attacks in Europe and the Middle East in the ’70s and ’80s. Venezuelan actor Édgar Ramírez stars in the title role. Co-written by Assayas and Dan Franck, CARLOS illustrates the evolution of contemporary terrorism as it examines the life of its title character, a Venezuelan whose real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. Tracing the arc of Carlos’ criminal activities across two decades and several nations, the film features a dynamic cast of international talent and was shot in numerous countries, including Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Lebanon, and Morocco.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 65
  • Fresh: 61
  • 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


Like the movie, only negative is long as he'll.

The movie itself isn't bad at all BUT...

…do we really need to portray the life and "work" of a brutal, ruthless killer ?
So what, is the next big "terrorist" flick going to be "OSAMA" ?
Seriously: I'd rather would have concentrated on Carlos' victims and not him.
Carlos was a terrorist, a criminal and unfortunately this movie actually provides him with a spot in history.
I would rather prefer to forget about him and his "work".

It views like a poorly - very poorly - written documentary

So boring. Long and boring.

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