Scent of a Woman - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Scent of a Woman Reviews

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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.
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Variety Staff
Variety
May 21, 2008
Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
When all Pacino's demons are bared, they don't add up to the poignant punchline you were set up for.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
January 11, 2004
Volcanic Pacino performance, but the drama drags
| Original Score: 2/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 2, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Ellen Dendy
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Pacino's intense performance best for older teens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
July 16, 2004
Brilliant performances, spotty script, poor ending.
| Original Score: 3/5
Michael Szymanski
Zap2it.com
December 23, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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 | Original Score: high +1 out of -4..+4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 29, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
October 11, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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