Carlito's Way Reviews

October 18, 2018
The film's somber mood is balanced only by its larger-than-life performances, retro '70s threads, thrilling sequences, and plenty of sweaty disco tunes outside of Patrick Doyle's stellar score.
May 2, 2018
Carlito's Way, Brian De Palma's return to the dangerous, violent world of Latino crime, marks yet another advance in the remarkable second act of Al Pacino's career.
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.
July 30, 2012
Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them.
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.
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.
Top Critic
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.
April 7, 2006
March 27, 2006
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.
September 21, 2005
Stronger in its suspense and action elements than in its dramatic moments.
July 7, 2005
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
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
January 29, 2004
January 18, 2004
December 19, 2003
Not one of Pacino's best.