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Scent of a Woman Reviews

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TV Guide
May 27, 2011
Thanks to a landmark performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is an agreeably watchable film. If they'd made it half an hour shorter and re-written the ending, it could have been a great one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

May 27, 2011
Pacino manages to shift smoothly from comedy to pathos, making the antipathetic character seem fascinating.
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
May 27, 2011
While fairly predictable and unoriginal, it is nevertheless entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
May 27, 2011
An irascible bully who proves to have a heart of gold, Pacino's character seems manufactured by a computer programmed with box-office grosses.
Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Pacino's intense performance best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
May 21, 2008
Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point.
Emanuel Levy
November 29, 2006
The guiding principle of Al Pacino's flamboyant performance (for which he finally received the Oscar) is that of revelation: Every scene discloses another facet of his mysterious, multi-shaded character.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
March 5, 2005
A great character-driven movie starring two well-rounded characters, a fun performance by Pacino, deft directing, a complementary score and plenty of human interest all the way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Christopher Null
January 15, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2004
Brilliant performances, spotty script, poor ending.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
Volcanic Pacino performance, but the drama drags
| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2004
Goldman's screenplay never becomes a complete disaster, thanks to the vastly interesting and original character of Frank.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Fred Topel
August 13, 2003
Great drama. Pacino rules, but O'Donnell holds his own.
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 12, 2003
A memorable drama about a young man's initiation into adluthood.
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The good thing is that the principals and film makers make the absolute most of a conventional opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 23, 2003
This is one of the best films of last year.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Widgett Walls
January 6, 2003
A masterful performance by Pacino.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 25, 2002
Shameless Oscar-Bid movie.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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