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Al Pacino earns lackluster reviews for Broadway turn

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Al Pacino has failed to impress critics with his latest turn on Broadway, earning lackluster reviews for his part in David Mamet's play "Glengarry Glen Ross."

"The Godfather" star was nominated for an Oscar for his part in the 1992 movie adaptation of Mamet's 1984 Pulitzer Prize-winning stage show; he plays Shelly Levene in a new revival in New York's famed theater district. Pacino, who won a Tony Award nomination for his role in a 2010 Broadway production of William Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice," plays one of four real estate salesmen in the production, but his turn has pulled in mixed reviews.

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Joe Dziemianowicz of the New York Daily News, writes, "Pacino is a terrific actor and gave a riveting performance two years ago in 'The Merchant of Venice.' But as Shelly Levene, a dinosaur who can't close a deal, Pacino seems small and insignificant ... He resorts to trademark tricks -- bugging his eyes, talking in falsetto, sticking out his gut ... As a result, the play simmers when it wants to boil."

Elisabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post, concludes, "It's all about Pacino, and guess what? He's good. Not awesomely, life­-changingly good. Just good ... Pacino looks unsure of himself, his eyes flickering about in a way that seems unconnected to (the character's) own distress. Uh­ oh ..."

However, Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty is convinced Pacino will still prove himself to be a Broadway box office draw: "It hardly matters that the revival is only second-rate. Al Pacino, the production's star, has turned this Mamet classic into a box-office juggernaut. If the character he's portraying (is just) Pacino making a grand doddering display of playing the washed-up real estate hustler, who but the critics are going to complain? ... A concentrated dose of star acting is needed to keep buyer's remorse at bay and, in this respect, Pacino is giving audiences their money's worth." David Rooney, of The Hollywood Reporter, adds, "Al Pacino is the headliner and principal draw, even if he's the most questionable element in this sluggish revival of David Mamet's best-known play."

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Dec 11, 2012 6:39AM
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I have an autographed photo of Mr. Pacino from back in the day!  There will always be critics to spew what they want out there!  He will go down in history for being one of the top five actors of all time!
Dec 10, 2012 9:11PM
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I wouldn't mind seeing Pacino in a play.  I've never had the opportunity, but if it comes up, I'm definitely going to check him out!
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