obsessive performer at work on the screen, you can see the way his characters borrow from each other across the years, so
that a physical nuance here signifies differently in the crucible of another lifestyle, an emotional dynamic there is deformed
by unfamiliar pressures. All of Pacino's personae have a little touch of Richard III; richly related, the best of his men
are singular creations, lonely, alienated, sweet, sad, violent, innocent, corrupt dissemblers…”
Film Comment; Date: 3/1/2000; Author: MURPHY, KATHLEEN
"...He's Sinatra of the
screen. The only star who lures me, my wallet and my cynical cine-psyche to the multiplex regardless of characters, plot,
subject, director, reviews, boom-mike operator or on-set caterer.
It's Pacino. It's enough.
At the very least, there's that chance he'll craft a word or
line of dialogue into an eternal echo of American defiance:
'Say hello to my little
'You broke my heart.
... You BROKE my HEART.
'Just when I thought
I was out, they pull me back in.'
'YOU'RE out of order!
YOU'RE out of order...'"
*Excerpt of article by
Steve Bornfeld (email@example.com)