While it's true that Carlito's Way may not be the strongest gangster film out there, it is still a very solid one that deserves recognition for what its worth. It's an extremely honest and captivating film that gives moviegoers a chance to escape from their normal everyday lives for a couple of hours. De Palma did an incredible job at making a movie that is very easy to enjoy by everyone.
The film is carried by notably strong performances by Al Pacino and Sean Penn. Pacino is strong and charismatic as he is in just about every one of his movies, but it was Penn who won me over in this one. His performance is so superb and effective. His character comes across as repulsive and very dislikeable, but yet it's impossible to look away from him. It is truly great acting from Penn who provided a very Oscar worthy performance. Overall, Carlito's Way is a gangster flick that is enjoyable to watch and just seems to be getting better with age.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5