January 27, 2020
As the protagonist, Al Pacino is spectacular... He has now learned how to convert this fierceness into a look of intense moral commitment or zanily lovable passion, and so turn the fuzzy implications of the script into disturbing realities.
December 17, 2019
The lead role has gone, quite correctly, to Al Pacino, who does very well by it.
July 26, 2011
Wonderful potential, and wasted. Serpico has some brutal surface flash and an acetylene performance by Al Pacino in the title role, but its energy is used to dodge all the questions it should have raised and answered.
December 10, 2010
"Serpico" is a candid and gritty police expose film that juxtaposes systematic police graft with the personal toll it takes on the man who attempts to blow the lid on the crooked activities that surround him.
March 29, 2010
... set the style of American crime dramas in the seventies with his gritty look at street-level law enforcement and realistic portrait of procedure and systemic failure and it established Lumet as a director of intelligent, gritty, modern crime dramas
March 6, 2009
Lumet and screenwriters Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler can't do anything but skim rapidly over the surface of their tale.
August 9, 2008
Imbued with mythic and even religious dimensions, Al Pacino's resourceful, Oscar-nominated performance takes Lumet's quinessential 1970s New York film beyond the realm of a cop-corruption drama.
April 9, 2008
Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance in this compelling biopic of a cop and a city's police force.
April 9, 2008
Sidney Lumet's direction adeptly combines gritty action and thought-provoking comment.
January 16, 2008
Exibindo segurana e intensa presena cnica, Pacino demonstra inteligncia ao criar um imenso contraste entre a futura angstia de Serpico e a maneira irreverente e jovial com que este surge nas cenas logo aps formar-se como agente da Lei.
March 1, 2007
When all is said and done, Pacino is the riveting presence that makes the movie work and it is difficult to imagine any other actor in the part.
March 1, 2007
A virtuoso performance by Al Pacino and some expert location work by Sidney Lumet add up to a tour de force genre piece that transcends the supercop conventions to create a moving, engrossing portrait of Frank Serpico.
June 24, 2006
Another problem, these days, is Pacino's characterisation; he seems at times more like a misplaced hippy than a plainclothes cop.
October 22, 2005
One of the best films of our time, and our grandkids' time. "Serpico" is pure Pacino, powerful as hell.
August 24, 2004
Very much an Al Pacino vehicle, not that this is a bad thing.
August 5, 2004
A quintessential New York director made this quintessential New York movie in 1973, with Pacino at his best as an honest cop who turns on his crooked colleagues.