Scent of a Woman
Scent of a Woman (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 23, 1992
DVD Release Date: April 28, 1998
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

An irascible bully who proves to have a heart of gold, Pacino's character seems manufactured by a computer programmed with box-office grosses.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The good thing is that the principals and film makers make the absolute most of a conventional opportunity.

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TV Guide

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.

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Variety Staff

Scent of a Woman indulgently stretches a modest conceit well past the breaking point.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Pacino manages to shift smoothly from comedy to pathos, making the antipathetic character seem fascinating.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Corny and heart-warming, with O'Donnell proving almost a match for the master.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

This is a great performance from Pacino, who has the good luck here to work with Goldman's mostly wonderful, edgy script.

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Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine

While fairly predictable and unoriginal, it is nevertheless entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Pacino is on fine form with a dazzling performance but it's not enough to make this film shine in my eyes!
Mark Walker
Al Pacino is one of the most respected and talented actors in the history of filmmaking. So why did it take him over 20 years in the business before he finally… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Al Pacino is magic in this film. You can't take his eyes of him. Added to this, the film is moving and carries an important message. It is a satisfying,… More
Martin Sahlin
Very good movie. Give this man a oscar... Yeah you should have before to... And I would like to take some time to acknowledge Chris O'Donnell as well.… More
Manu Gino
When things get tangled, tango on! Great Film! The Scent of a Woman is the kind of film that many would think belongs to a bygone era. While it is frank and… More
Jim Careter
Scent of a Woman is one of the greatest performances of Al Pacino. The plot was great, it really has many great themes and I loved the character that they gave… More

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