• Critics agree that with Carlos, his three-part, five-and-a-half-hour megabiopic about the international terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, French director Olivier Assayas is firing on all cylinders. At Slant, Budd Wilkins calls Criterion’s release of this “thrillingly executed” film a “cause for celebration,” writing that the filmmaker “infuses the geopolitical thriller with both dynamism and detail.” He adds: “It’s a testament to Assayas’s directorial acumen that the film’s energy rarely flags, and its length never feels overstuffed.” For DVD Verdict, Clark Douglas remarks on the film’s unceasing excitement as well, noting that it’s “rarely less than riveting over the course of its 339-minute running time,” and also heralds Assayas as a cinematic force, citing a specific strength: “The director finds many ways to make the material involving, but I want to highlight one in particular: the way he ends each scene. I can’t recall another film that so consistently finds unexpected, fascinating ways to finish dramatic moments.” Blu-ray.com’s Svet Atanasov feels the excitement too: “Incredibly well researched and brilliantly directed, Olivier Assayas’s Carlos was one of the very best films I saw in 2010. Now the film is finally available on Blu-ray in the United States, and it is a prime candidate for a release of the year.” Plus, New York magazine’s formidable “Approval Matrix” places Carlos at the coveted nexus of “highbrow” and “brilliant”!

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