Carlito's Way
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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 his sleazy, cocaine-addled lawyer, Dave Kleinfeld (Sean Penn). Carlito renounces his previous ways and takes a job as the manager of a club that Kleinfeld has invested in, planning to save enough money so that he can eventually move to the Caribbean. But no sooner is Carlito back on the streets of New York than his old life claws at him in the form of both… More

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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,
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