Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
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In this belated prequel to director Brian De Palma's 1993 crime drama, gangster Carlito Brigante (Jay Hernandez) rises through the ranks of the New York underworld to establish himself as Spanish Harlem's most powerful kingpin. As the intoxication of ultimate power tightens its firm grip on the rising heroin czar, he soon learns that greed and deception are the unspoken laws of the street. With no one to trust except for his two brothers in crime, Carlito begins building an empire founded on supplying the city's addicts with the one product that is always in demand. His dreams of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Even by the notoriously undemanding standards of direct-to-vid spin-offs, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power is conspicuously underwhelming."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Aside from a few strong performances and some solid period design, Rise to Power is a round, silver sleeping pill."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Writer-director Michael Bregman (son of Martin, who produced both films) keeps things moving briskly on the way to an improbably happy ending."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"...a horrible, horrible movie."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"A produção barata compromete o visual e a reconstituição de época e Hernandez, embora bom ator, é irregular em sua tentativa de imitar Pacino. Ainda assim, os personagens (Van Peebles, em especial) e a trama são interessantes."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"...a legitimate piece of work (and not just a sleazy attempt to milk the popularity of the original)."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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