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Scarface Reviews

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Nick Rogers

One fundamentally dishonest character choice launched a billion-dollar industry. But it hardly sours a film that became a garishly ghoulish, bleakly funny and compulsively watchable template for modern-criminal deconstructions of the American Dream.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/5

January 3, 2014
Rob Vaux

By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: F

December 11, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

one of Brian DePalma's best films

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 26, 2013
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...much, much longer than it generally needs to be...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3/4

February 15, 2012
R. L. Shaffer

One of the best gangster dramas ever made, driven by Pacino's haunting performance and De Palma's lightning pace.

Full Review Source: IGN DVD | Original Score: 9/10

January 29, 2012
Sean Axmaker

It's a whole new spin on the immigrant story and the American Dream as an underworld nightmare and a fitting bookend to the two Godfather films.

Full Review Source:

September 15, 2011
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

the very definition of excess, which is perhaps why it has persisted so long as a cultural totem: Its florid pleasures can never be exhausted

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 12, 2011
Emanuel Levy

Paciono gives a riveting performance in the lead in De Palma's over-the-top but engaging modern version of the classic gangster

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

April 24, 2011
David Gurney
Common Sense Media

Extremely violent '80s crime classic with drugs, sex, etc.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2011


Pacino's bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

August 24, 2009
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

Still a must-see for Pacino's potent and influential performance.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2009
Toby Young
Times [UK]

Scarface has become a touchstone of pop culture, one of the half dozen or so most frequently referenced films of our era.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

August 24, 2009
Peter Whittle
Times [UK]

This almost Jacobean tale of drug gangsters in 1980s Miami is rather too long for the points it makes, but is nevertheless riveting and still, after 26 years, remarkably fresh.

Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

De Palma's film is now back on the big screen and looking better than ever.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

August 24, 2009
Rob Daniel
Sky Movies

Pacino's drug-crazed, bloodshot performance gives this gangster movie a terrifying edge.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 4/5

August 24, 2009
Allan Hunter
Daily Express

[Pacino's] grandstanding performance is still hard to resist and symbolises the baroque excess of this shockingly violent gangster classic.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 3/5

August 24, 2009

Total Film

As overrated as it is overlong.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 21, 2009
Derek Malcolm
This is London

To call the whole thing visceral is a palpable understatement.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

August 21, 2009
James Berardinelli
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Viewed today, while Scarface seems less shocking than it did during its initial theatrical run, it's no more substantive or interesting.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 30, 2009
Rob Gonsalves

Pacino, of course, goes way over the top and through the floor on the other side.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/5

August 13, 2007
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