DE PALMA'S "MOST TENDER AND ROMANTIC FILM"
U.K. magazine Little White Lies recently posted its list of the 100 best films of the 1990s, and included Brian De Palma's Carlito's Way at number 37. "The running order of this list was formulated by committee rather than a drawn-out ballot process," explains the introduction, "and the choices represent a tiny clutch of the films adored by the LWLies team. For the most part we’ve limited it to one great film per director, so if a personal favourite of yours is missing, that’s probably the reason why."
The magazine's Manuela Lazic wrote the following about Carlito's Way:
Al Pacino’s big, kind eyes say more about Carlito than his explanatory voiceover: the ex-conman, fresh out of prison, wants to believe again in the beauty of life. Director Brian de Palma employs his trademark voluptuous filmmaking to translate the hopeful passion that Carlito manages to bring back to his girlfriend, making this his most tender and romantic film. Yet the director’s pessimistic view of humanity hasn’t left him as Carlito can’t simply forget the code of the streets, nor can he rely on the law to protect him, corrupted as it is by selfish greed and rampant distrust. Even the most genuine and overwhelming love can’t survive when redemption remains but a dashed dream.