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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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master.
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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
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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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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
This is a great performance from Pacino, who has the good luck here to work with Goldman's mostly wonderful, edgy script.
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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
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 1992
An epic picaresque in the tradition of Rain Man, Scent of a Woman is Al Pacino's entry into the Dustin Hoffman virtousic-one-man-show sweepstakes.
Full Review | Original Score: B