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Serpico Reviews

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Top Critic
Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine
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.
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 29, 2010
... one of the films that brought this new realism to the screen portrait of American cops with its realistic portraits... and systemic failure and flawed, human characters behind the badges.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 6, 2009
Lumet and screenwriters Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler can't do anything but skim rapidly over the surface of their tale.
Emanuel Levy
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
April 9, 2008
Al Pacino delivers a powerful performance in this compelling biopic of a cop and a city's police force.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jon Fortgang
April 9, 2008
Memorable, thought-provoking and courageous.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
April 9, 2008
Sidney Lumet's direction adeptly combines gritty action and thought-provoking comment.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 16, 2008
Exibindo segurança e intensa presença cênica, Pacino demonstra inteligência ao criar um imenso contraste entre a futura angústia de Serpico e a maneira irreverente e jovial com que este surge nas cenas logo após formar-se como agente da Lei.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 28, 2007
an acting tour de force for Al Pacino

TV Guide
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Don Druker
Chicago Reader
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Another problem, these days, is Pacino's characterisation; he seems at times more like a misplaced hippy than a plainclothes cop.
Clint Morris
October 22, 2005
One of the best films of our time, and our grandkids' time. "Serpico" is pure Pacino, powerful as hell.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
August 24, 2004
Very much an Al Pacino vehicle, not that this is a bad thing.
| Original Score: 85/100
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Benjamin Strong
Village Voice
August 3, 2004
Lumet's biopic of Frank Serpico, the virtuous cop who exposed a network of graft in the NYPD, feels depressingly relevant.
Victoria Alexander
May 31, 2004
Pacino is a tiny terror.
| Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 8, 2004
A true story about an honest NYC police officer dealing with police corruption.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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