Carlito's Way Reviews

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.
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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.
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.
May 12, 2001
January 1, 2000
January 1, 2000
Pacino has his moments but for the most part he's surprisingly underwhelming. He's a great actor but even I can do a better Puerto Rican accent.
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.
January 1, 2000
About halfway through, the overwhelming fact that the movie is a complete nothing becomes too much to ignore.
January 1, 1993
A competent and solidly unsurprising urban-underworld thriller: De Palma's imitation of a middle-drawer Sidney Lumet movie.