A few thoughts:
1. WHY THE HELL IS THIS MOVIE TWO AND A HALF HOURS LONG? IT DOES NOT NEED TO BE THAT LONG!
2. Al Pacino deserves multiple Oscars, but this is not one of them. Robert Downey Jr. (Chaplin), Denzel Washington (Malcolm X), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), and Clint Eastwood (Unforgiven) all gave far better performances than this hammy performance. I honestly would've understood more if they nominated him and gave him the Oscar two years earlier for The Godfather Part III. Hell, they could've given it to him for The Devil's Advocate and that'd be a better Oscar win.
3. This film would've been much better if they had an actual blind man play Pacino's character. There's a lot of blind people in the world. If you needed star power, get someone famous for Chris O'Donnell's part.
4. The most interesting part of this movie is a young Philip Seymour Hoffman.