Al Pacino was great in The Godfathers Part I and II. But somewhere after that he started yelling, and he hasn’t stopped yet. Yelling isn’t acting. Yelling is yelling. It’s much more difficult to give a subdued, subtle performance than it is to over-act every single emotion.
Al Pacino is listed in the pantheon of great actors of the 20th century, and is considered the equal to such contemporary greats as De Niro, Gene Hackman, and Dustin Hoffman. But he’s not anywhere near their level – or at least, he hasn’t been since the 70s.
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