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Best and worst Al Pacino movies

  • #39. Bobby Deerfield (1977)

    Directed by Sydney Pollack

    - IMDb user rating: 5.9
    - Votes: 3,436
    - Metascore: 47
    - Runtime: 124 min

    Made in 1977, this dramatic romance is about an egotistical Formula One race-car driver who falls in love with a dying woman. Pacino played the title character, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.

  • #38. 88 Minutes (2007)

    Directed by Jon Avnet

    - IMDb user rating: 5.9
    - Votes: 71,659
    - Metascore: 17
    - Runtime: 108 min

    Directed by Jon Avnet, this crime thriller stars Pacino in the lead role as a Dr. Jack Gramm, a forensic psychiatrist who becomes the target of a killer after testifying at a high-profile trial. The threat comes in the form of a phone call that warns him he only has 88 minutes to live. Like “Gigli,” the film was poorly received with a 5% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and two Razzie award nominations—including one for Pacino for Worst Actor.

  • #37. Righteous Kill (2008)

    Directed by Jon Avnet

    - IMDb user rating: 6.0
    - Votes: 80,794
    - Metascore: 36
    - Runtime: 101 min

    Prior to “Jack and Jill,” Pacino starred in an almost equally poorly rated Jon Avnet film about two detectives investigating serial murders in New York City. The film has an 18% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and appears on The Times’ “100 Worst Films of 2008” list. One of the few positive things about “Righteous Kill” is that it marks the second ever time that Pacino appeared in scenes with co-star Robert De Niro, the first time being 1995’s “Heat.” Although they both starred in “The Godfather II,” they did not share scenes together.

  • #36. Author! Author! (1982)

    Directed by Arthur Hiller

    - IMDb user rating: 6.1
    - Votes: 4,708
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 110 min

    This 1982 dramatic comedy, in which Pacino plays lead character Ivan Travalian, is about a playwright struggling to get his script produced while dealing with family issues. The movie was poorly received, earning a Razzie nomination for Worst Original Song and leading a Washington Post reviewer to lambast his performance, writing: “Pacino's maddening articulation would seem to argue against further flings at comedy.”

  • #35. Dick Tracy (1990)

    Directed by Warren Beatty

    - IMDb user rating: 6.1
    - Votes: 53,677
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 105 min

    Directed by and starring Warren Beatty, this 1990 comic book adaptation was well-received overall, garnering seven Academy Award nominations, three of which it won. Pacino plays the city’s villainous crime boss Alphonse "Big Boy" Caprice, a role described by Roger Ebert as being delivered with a "grotesque energy" that was a "scene-stealer."

  • #34. Simone (2002)

    Directed by Andrew Niccol

    - IMDb user rating: 6.1
    - Votes: 56,511
    - Metascore: 49
    - Runtime: 117 min

    In the 2002 sci-fi film “Simone,” Pacino plays Viktor Taransky, a movie producer who creates a digital actress to charade as a real human after the star of his film quits the project. With a 51% score on Rotten Tomatoes, it had fairly mixed reviews, with Robert Ebert noting it was “fitfully funny but never really takes off.”

  • #33. City Hall (1996)

    Directed by Harold Becker

    - IMDb user rating: 6.2
    - Votes: 18,481
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 111 min

    When a young boy is accidentally killed in New York during a shootout between a cop and a mobster, an investigation leads to potential involvement by the mayor, played by Pacino, in this 1996 thriller. The movie did not bomb at the box office, but the reviews were highly mixed.

  • #32. Two for the Money (2005)

    Directed by D. J. Caruso

    - IMDb user rating: 6.2
    - Votes: 41,160
    - Metascore: 50
    - Runtime: 122 min

    Although it falls toward the middle of the list on IMDb, this 2005 film received mostly negative reviews when it came out. It’s about an injured college football star who finds himself under the wing of a fast-talking sports consultant and former gambling addict, played by Pacino. With a 22% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie did not break even with its modest $35 million budget.

  • #31. Two Bits (1995)

    Directed by James Foley

    - IMDb user rating: 6.3
    - Votes: 3,058
    - Metascore: data not available
    - Runtime: 85 min

    Another film set in Philadelphia, this time during the Great Depression, this 1995 drama tells the story of a boy trying to scrape together 25 cents (“two bits”) to go to the grand opening of a new movie theater. Al Pacino plays the boy’s grandpa who recruits him to deliver a message to a woman he wronged years ago—something he wants to do before he dies. The movie was nominated for two Young Artist Awards.

  • #30. Cruising (1980)

    Directed by William Friedkin

    - IMDb user rating: 6.4
    - Votes: 16,513
    - Metascore: 43
    - Runtime: 102 min

    “Cruising” is a 1980 crime thriller about a cop, played by Pacino, who goes undercover as a gay club-goer in New York City to nab a serial killer who’s been targeting S&M clubs. In addition to receiving negative criticism for its film merits, the movie was criticized by gay rights activists who said the movie stigmatized them and played into stereotypes.

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