Entertainment Weekly - 10/19/2007
"The title is both a statement of fact and a worrisome understatement in a documentary as slippery as its subject."
Box Office - 11/01/2007
"Schroeder delivers a portrait of a passionate, ambitious professional who is simultaneously ambiguous and unscrupulous."
Los Angeles Times - 10/12/2007
"[R]iveting....Though the film utilizes newsreels and other footage, it makes its points largely through a series of interviews with a wealth of eloquent, involving individuals..."
Total Film - 06/01/2008 3 stars out of 5 -- "[I]n the tick of it lies a crash-course in modern terrorism."
Sight and Sound - 05/01/2008
"TERROR'S ADVOCATE remains a staggering document, offering a view of recent history not commonly portrayed in textbooks and from which much can be learned about the current state of humanity."
Empire - 06/01/2008 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a superbly researched and structured provocation that reveals how dark and dangerous our world really is."
Barbet Schroeder (MURDER BY NUMBERS) helms this harrowing documentary about Jacques Vergès, one of the most controversial figures of the 20th century. After an unexplained absence of nearly a decade, Vergès returned to defend such notorious characters as Carlos the Jackal and Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie.