"...Pacino brings vast entertainment value to [the film]....[Penn gives a] strange, jarringly intense performance..."
New York Times
"...A fierce Pacino performance...and a trio of big action sequences as exciting as anything seen on screen..."
Sight and Sound
"...Rich with irony and keen in its attention to detail. Handsomely made, expertly directed and colorfully acted....Brian De Palma is in top form with CARLITO'S WAY..."
"...A smoother piece of filmmaking than SCARFACE....It's fun to see Sean Penn ham it up again....His energetic performance keeps you watching..."
"...Brian De Palma in his best films is a muscular director who relishes over-the-top behavior, and here he paints a gallery of colorful gangsters and lowlifes..."
"...Pacino is the sexiest he's ever been as the Puerto Rican crook, but it's Penn who really steals the show..."
"Penn's spectacularly flashy supporting role marked his best work in a decade."USA Today
3 stars out of 4 -- "An exciting and wildly entertaining romp through a seedy 1970s NYC....This movie has lots of heart and style..."Premiere