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Scarface Reviews

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Dan Jardine
December 30, 2014
The pre-noir gangster genre was in many ways defined by the innovative approaches taken by Hawks in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Mark Chalon Smith
Los Angeles Times
July 30, 2014
Scarface is one of best of the early gangster movies; its wit and building velocity speeds it past Little Caesar and keeps pace with Public Enemy.
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 30, 2014
By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made.
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
July 30, 2014
The greatest gangster movie of the 1930s -- and that means the greatest ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Sorrento
February 3, 2012
[The police chief] endorses the myth of the west while conceiving the urban gangster as a rat-like menace.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 18, 2011
Completely relevant: Citizens complain that access to technologically more efficient guns is partly to blame for the crime wave; they fret over illegal immigrants; they worry that the 'new breed' of criminal is more uncivilized than its predecessor...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
Vivid gangster thriller with lurid characters and visual style.
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TIME Magazine
March 2, 2010
A grisly, exciting gangster picture.
Kim Newman
Empire Magazine
March 2, 2010
Atmospheric, mesmerising and darkly humourous with a sizzling script and cast. This is a true classic of its genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 2, 2010
Howard Hawks's 1932 masterpiece is a dark, brutal, exhilaratingly violent film, blending comedy and horror in a manner that suggests Chico Marx let loose with a live machine gun.
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Variety Staff
October 18, 2008
Scarface contains more cruelty than any of its gangster picture predecessors, but there's a squarer for every killing. The blows are always softened by judicial preachments and sad endings for the sinners.
Sean Axmaker
July 21, 2008
The original Scarface, loosely but boldly based on the notorious life and legend of Al Capone, didn't invent the modern American gangster film. It blew it up.
Emanuel Levy
June 22, 2007
Despite censorship problems and interference from producer Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks' early crime-gangster is a masterpiece and a seminal work in the genre's evolution, with a truly scary performanec from Paul Muni.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 17, 2007
Paul Muni goes way over the top as Tony Camonte, painting a picture of a gangster who knows nothing but excess, and who will stop at nothing to get his way.
| Original Score: 85/100
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Paul Taylor
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Its seminal importance in the early gangster movie cycle outweighed only by its still exhilarating brilliance, this Howard Hughes production was the one unflawed classic the tycoon was involved with.
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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times
January 28, 2006
The slaughter in Scarface, the Shame of a Nation, the Howard Hughes gangster production... is like that of a Shakespearean tragedy
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Eric Melin
March 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 4, 2005
A brilliantly wild narrative that had a lot of Capone and the Borgias in it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt
November 17, 2004
Hawks displays balls of steel, using the filmic medium to challenge the free reign of mobsters in the 1930's.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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