Scent of a Woman
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Driven by an extravagant, tour-de-force performance by Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman is the story of Frank Slade (Pacino), a blind, retired army colonel who hires Charlie Simms (Chris O'Donnell), a poor college student on the verge of expulsion, to take care of him over Thanksgiving weekend. At the beginning of the weekend, Frank takes Charlie to New York, where he reveals to the student that he intends to visit his family, have a few terrific meals, sleep with a beautiful woman and, finally, commit suicide. The film follows the mis-matched pair over the course of the weekend, as they learn… More

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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,
"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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