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Carlito's Way Reviews

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December 7, 2017
You expect a fine performance from Pacino, and, with hopeless, hollowed-out eyes, he gives it. You expect the worst from Sean Penn. But, here, he's a hit.
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.
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
July 30, 2012
Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
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.
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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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.
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
September 21, 2005
Stronger in its suspense and action elements than in its dramatic moments.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
December 19, 2003
Not one of Pacino's best.
| Original Score: 3/5
July 19, 2003
Charts the efforts of a Puerto Rican drug-dealer just released from prison to put the life of crime behind him
May 26, 2003
a tragic, boozy lament
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 29, 2003
A great gangster saga from the showman Brian DePalma.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 20, 2002
One of Pacino's best. A First rate crime thriller.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
January 1, 2000
"Carlito's Way," like "Scarface," is first and last a character study, a portrait of a man who wants to be better than he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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