Carlito's Way
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , Time Out
"About halfway through, the overwhelming fact that the movie is a complete nothing becomes too much to ignore."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"A lengthy cat-and-mouse chase scene at the film's climax practically surpasses Hitchcock and even gives Scorsese's GoodFellas a run for its money."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Stronger in its suspense and action elements than in its dramatic moments."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
""Carlito's Way" is best watched as lively, colorful posturing and as a fine demonstration of this director's bravura visual style."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"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."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"As with so many De Palma films, Carlito's Way soon manifests as an essay on its own forms."
‑ Zach Campbell, Slant Magazine
"The film is a redundancy and only those who have played Brian De Palma's other movies so much they've memorized the dialogue are going to be interested. Al Pacino portrays a reformed gangster trying to break away from his earlier lifestyle. Needless to sa"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
""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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A competent and solidly unsurprising urban-underworld thriller: De Palma's imitation of a middle-drawer Sidney Lumet movie."
‑ , Entertainment Weekly
"Beautifully shot and extremely well acted, Carlito's Way is not only a great crime movie but is also a tragic story of redemption, as one man tries to escape the ghost's of his past and start again."
‑ Matthew Pejkovic, Matt's Movie Reviews
"A great story told by a master filmmaker; sterling actors playing some truly fascinating characters; and a bunch of cinematic set-pieces that are worthy of repeat viewings."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVD Clinic
"De Palma and Pacino tread some very familiar ground . . . But while it all feels a bit recycled at times, it still works"
‑ Brian Mckay,
More reviews for Carlito's Way on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This

American Gangster
GoodFellas (1990)
The Godfather
Donnie Brasco