Carlito's Way

Carlito's Way ★★

There is a lot to like, and a lot that snaps you right out of it. I’ll start with the positives; Sean Penn is fucking great as the slimiest guy in the movie. Like in De Palma’s other works, the set pieces are fantastic. 

However, like De Palma’s previous collaboration with Al Pacino, the lead talks like a lunatic and the dialogue feels like it’s written by a prosecutor. 

I think when it comes to late-career Al Pacino, you have to have a director who likes him as much as De Palma clearly does, but who can control him like Michael Mann or Martin Scorsese.