Carlito's Way
Carlito's Way (1993)

Carlito's Way is a tale of a former hood trying to escape his former life. Al Pacino is Carlito Brigante, a high-level Puerto Rican drug dealer sprung from a three-decade jail sentence after only five years, thanks to a technicality and… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: January 1, 1993
DVD 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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Quentin Curtis
Independent on Sunday

You expect a fine performance from Pacino, and, with hopeless, hollowed-out eyes, he gives it. You expect the worst from Sean Penn. But, here, he's a hit.

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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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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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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.

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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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

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

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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