• R, 2 hr. 37 min.
  • Drama
  • Directed By:
    Martin Brest
    In Theaters:
    Dec 23, 1992 Wide
    On DVD:
    Apr 28, 1998
  • Universal Pictures

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Scent of a Woman Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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An irascible bully who proves to have a heart of gold, Pacino's character seems manufactured by a computer programmed with box-office grosses.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 27, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point.

Full Review Source: Variety

May 21, 2008
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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When all Pacino's demons are bared, they don't add up to the poignant punchline you were set up for.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Volcanic Pacino performance, but the drama drags

| Original Score: 2/5

January 11, 2004
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

| Original Score: 1/5

September 2, 2004
Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media

Pacino's intense performance best for older teens.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

February 6, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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By the end of Scent of a Woman, we have arrived at the usual conclusion of the coming-of-age movie, and the usual conclusion of the prep school movie. But rarely have we been taken there with so much intelligence and skill.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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As portrayed by Pacino, there's far more to this man that a rancorous outlook on life and a couple of hearty "hoo-ha"s.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Brilliant performances, spotty script, poor ending.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 16, 2004
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com

| Original Score: 4/5

December 23, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Clint Morris
Film Threat

| Original Score: 4/5

May 6, 2005
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

It makes the audience feel all the right emotions at the right turns. But ultimately there is less here than meets the eye.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 3/5

September 29, 2007
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

Al Pacino got his ribbing for 'hoo-ahhh!'ing his way through Scent of a Woman, but underneath the scenery chewing, there's a sweet and watchable film to be seen.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 4/5

January 15, 2005
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

August 16, 2002
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

| Original Score: 4/5

October 11, 2002
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