Scent of a Woman
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An irascible bully who proves to have a heart of gold, Pacino's character seems manufactured by a computer programmed with box-office grosses."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The good thing is that the principals and film makers make the absolute most of a conventional opportunity."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Thanks to a landmark performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is an agreeably watchable film. If they'd made it half an hour shorter and re-written the ending, it could have been a great one."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Pacino's intense performance best for older teens."
‑ Ellen Dendy, Common Sense Media
"Al Pacino got his ribbing for 'hoo-ahhh!'ing his way through Scent of a Woman, but underneath the scenery chewing, there's a sweet and watchable film to be seen."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"By the end of Scent of a Woman, we have arrived at the usual conclusion of the coming-of-age movie, and the usual conclusion of the prep school movie. But rarely have we been taken there with so much intelligence and skill."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pacino manages to shift smoothly from comedy to pathos, making the antipathetic character seem fascinating."
‑ , Film4
"The guiding principle of Al Pacino's flamboyant performance (for which he finally received the Oscar) is that of revelation: Every scene discloses another facet of his mysterious, multi-shaded character."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Brilliant performances, spotty script, poor ending."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This is a great performance from Pacino, who has the good luck here to work with Goldman's mostly wonderful, edgy script."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"While fairly predictable and unoriginal, it is nevertheless entertaining."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"A great character-driven movie starring two well-rounded characters, a fun performance by Pacino, deft directing, a complementary score and plenty of human interest all the way around."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Volcanic Pacino performance, but the drama drags"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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