A competent and solidly unsurprising urban-underworld thriller: De Palma's imitation of a middle-drawer Sidney Lumet movie.
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
"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
About halfway through, the overwhelming fact that the movie is a complete nothing becomes too much to ignore.
Hal Hinson - Washington Post
"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
Leonard Klady - Variety
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Perhaps the last great DePalma film, using his trademarks well but not overusing them.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
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
As with so many De Palma films, Carlito's Way soon manifests as an essay on its own forms.
Zach Campbell - Slant Magazine
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.
Dean Essner - Time Out
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Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
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
Stronger in its suspense and action elements than in its dramatic moments.
Chuck O'Leary - Fantastica Daily
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
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
De Palma and Pacino tread some very familiar ground . . . But while it all feels a bit recycled at times, it still works
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Spence D. - IGN Movies
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Not one of Pacino's best.
John Urbancich - Sun Newspapers of Cleveland
Charts the efforts of a Puerto Rican drug-dealer just released from prison to put the life of crime behind him
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
a tragic, boozy lament
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Leonard Schwarz - Palo Alto Weekly
A great gangster saga from the showman Brian DePalma.
Blake Davis - KFOR Channel 4 News
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Brian J. Arthurs - Beach Reporter (Southern California)
James Rocchi - Netflix
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
One of Pacino's best. A First rate crime thriller.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
The film is very well written. The characters are well developed, the dialogue is sharp and the story is involving.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
David Poland - Hot Button
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Overall, I just could not care about these people. They could live or die; I didn't care.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A film that that is overblown, underwritten and with a wide array of unsympathetic characters.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A masterful piece of entertainment anchored by an interesting story and fine performances and hoisted by an intoxicating field of vision that nevertheless, maintains a sharply focused perspective.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
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