Carlito's Way Reviews

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Michael Sragow
New Yorker
March 23, 2015
Penn, in curled hair and wire-rims, makes a brilliant, slippery high-end shyster; his modulated hysteria is amazing. So is Brian De Palma's direction.
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
December 21, 2013
Although still distinctly sleek a la de Palma, it's the rare instance in which romantic optimism & warm, careful character observation trump his penchant for coolly detached cynicism. It's not nihilistic, fetishistic or misogynistic. It's humanistic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
July 30, 2012
Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Beautifully shot and extremely well acted, Carlito's Way is not only a great crime movie but is also a tragic story of redemption, as one man tries to escape the ghost's of his past and start again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 23, 2006
A lengthy cat-and-mouse chase scene at the film's climax practically surpasses Hitchcock and even gives Scorsese's GoodFellas a run for its money.
Zach Campbell
Slant Magazine
September 9, 2006
As with so many De Palma films, Carlito's Way soon manifests as an essay on its own forms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pacino looks every inch a movie star, and De Palma provides a timely reminder of just how impoverished the Hollywood lexicon has become since the glory days of the '70s.
Scott Weinberg
DVD Clinic
October 5, 2005
A great story told by a master filmmaker; sterling actors playing some truly fascinating characters; and a bunch of cinematic set-pieces that are worthy of repeat viewings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005
Stronger in its suspense and action elements than in its dramatic moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
DVDLaser
October 14, 2004
The film is a redundancy and only those who have played Brian De Palma's other movies so much they've memorized the dialogue are going to be interested. Al Pacino portrays a reformed gangster trying to break away from his earlier lifestyle. Needless to sa
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
May 8, 2004
De Palma and Pacino tread some very familiar ground . . . But while it all feels a bit recycled at times, it still works
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)
December 19, 2003
Not one of Pacino's best.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 19, 2003
Charts the efforts of a Puerto Rican drug-dealer just released from prison to put the life of crime behind him
Chris Barsanti
Filmcritic.com
May 26, 2003
a tragic, boozy lament
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
"Carlito's Way" is best watched as lively, colorful posturing and as a fine demonstration of this director's bravura visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
January 29, 2003
A great gangster saga from the showman Brian DePalma.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
September 20, 2002
One of Pacino's best. A First rate crime thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
The film is very well written. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is sharp and the story is involving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A masterful piece of entertainment anchored by an interesting story and fine performances and hoisted by an intoxicating field of vision that nevertheless, maintains a sharply focused perspective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
About halfway through, the overwhelming fact that the movie is a complete nothing becomes too much to ignore.
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