Box art for Scent of a Woman (1992)

Scent of a Woman (1992)


AL PACINO won an Oscar(R) for his portrayal of a blind man who takes a student on a life-savoring trip to New York City.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Pacino's intense performance best for older teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this R-rated movie includes strong language, and one of the main characters is an alcoholic who constantly drinks Jack Daniels. There is talk of sex, but no sex scenes or nudity. There are some physical altercations, but no blood or gore. One character is suicidal and points a gun at his teen caretaker. In one brief scene, high school prep students are shown smoking cigarettes. Spoiled, rich teens play an expensive prank on their headmaster, and then pressure peers to lie for them.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the reasons the colonel is so angry and depressed. How did Charlie get over his first impressions of the colonel, and how did he try to help him want to keep on living? Why was the speech that the colonel gave at the prep school so powerful? What do you think Charlie learned from the colonel, and vice versa? Do you think the colonel is an accurate portrayal of an addict? How is the colonel like or unlike addicts depicted in other movies?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews


- Christopher Null,, Monday, May 14, 2007


- Clint Morris, Film Threat, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

One of Al Pacino's best performances utterly unbelieveable.

- smith44, Tuesday, April 13, 2010

2 stars

HUH?!?! O'Donnell is bland. Pacino was completely unlikeable. The movie went on longer than I wanted it to. I didn't really like the moral of the story. But hey, Charlie convinces Frank to choose life. That's a good part.

- hypathio7, Sunday, October 18, 2009

1 star

This film is just stupid, Chris O'Donnell did my head in, even Pacino couldn?t save it for me! An attack on intelligence!

- SirPant, Wednesday, September 23, 2009