Carlito's Way
Carlito's Way (1993)

Melodramatic tale of ex-hood Carlito who tries to get enough money to get out but is continually dragged back into the life he is so desperately trying to escape. Great performances from Pacino and Penn with excellent direction by Brian… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: May 26, 1998
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"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.

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Nick Rogers

Although still distinctly sleek a la de Palma, it's the rare instance in which romantic optimism & warm, careful character observation trump his penchant for coolly detached cynicism. It's not nihilistic, fetishistic or misogynistic. It's humanistic.

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Time Out

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.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

About halfway through, the overwhelming fact that the movie is a complete nothing becomes too much to ignore.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

"Carlito's Way" is best watched as lively, colorful posturing and as a fine demonstration of this director's bravura visual style.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

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.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

Beautifully shot and extremely well acted, Carlito's Way is not only a great crime movie but is also a tragic story of redemption, as one man tries to escape the ghost's of his past and start again.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
De Palma's electric set pieces are peppered throughout a faltered narrative, but Pacino and Penn hold it all together exceptionally well.
Melvin White
Carlito: I don't invite this shit, it just comes to me. I run, it runs after me. Gotta be somewhere to hide.  "He wanted out. He'd do anything… More
Chris Weber
A decade after they lit the place up with Scarface, Brian De Palma and Al Pacino reteam for another compelling crime drama involving the drug trade- a gripping… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
Luiz Guil-whatever-his-name-is-Pugface-lookin samoan... its like everything Pacino says he just repeats it: "yo Benny you gots ta pay me!!!"… More
Manu Gino
One of the best crime dramas of the 90's. Excellent Gangster Film! Carlito's Way (1993), is a brilliant cinematic work. Pacino's performance as… More
Kevin M. Williams
DePalma delivers a work w/o the overexaggerated Hitchcockian tricks of yore and the result is taut, edge-of-your-seat film-making. Pacino is restrained,… More