Carlito's Way: Rise to Power
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power (2005)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 2005
DVD Release Date: September 27, 2005
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Critic Score: 33% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Joe Leydon

Even by the notoriously undemanding standards of direct-to-vid spin-offs, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power is conspicuously underwhelming.

Scott Weinberg

Aside from a few strong performances and some solid period design, Rise to Power is a round, silver sleeping pill.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

Writer-director Michael Bregman (son of Martin, who produced both films) keeps things moving briskly on the way to an improbably happy ending.

JoBlo's Movie Emporium

...a horrible, horrible movie.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a legitimate piece of work (and not just a sleazy attempt to milk the popularity of the original).

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
wooden acting, bad direction, and... P. Diddy... oh sorry i just found out he changed his name again to Sean.
Dean McKenna
Good gangster thriller tale of the early years of gangster Carlito Brigante before <i>Carlito's Way</i>. Jay Hernandez makes a good performance… More
Derek A
<i>Rise to Power</i> is the prequel to Brian DePalma's 1993 hit gangster movie <i>Carlito's Way</i>. This film chronicles… More
Al S
A smart, stylish and wickedly funny crime thriller. A fun, hard hitting and endlessly entertaining movie. Slickly made and teriffically performed. Jay Hernandez… More
Derek Daniels
Not as bad as some people might be led to believe, but not as well done as the original - not that it was supposed to be. The acting is well done (and yes, even… More
Caesar Mendez
If it wasn't for the Carlito's Way collection set I would have never known about the existence of the prequel. Now a prequel in this case makes some… More

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