Serpico Reviews

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.
March 6, 2009
Lumet and screenwriters Waldo Salt and Norman Wexler can't do anything but skim rapidly over the surface of their tale.
June 24, 2006
Another problem, these days, is Pacino's characterisation; he seems at times more like a misplaced hippy than a plainclothes cop.
December 7, 2002
Lumet has an underdog agenda he won't unfetter too much, not with male politics and certainly not with an abundance of technique.