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Scarface Reviews

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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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
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
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
July 30, 2014
By far the most visually inventive and tonally anarchic movie that Hawks made.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
Scarface is unquestionably one of the greatest talking American movies ever made, and has been terribly underrated all through this century.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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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.
Eric Melin
March 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 17, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
All Movie Guide
June 27, 2002
a potent, uncompromising and de-romanticized portrait of the gangster life
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
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.
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 31, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television
July 7, 2010
Vivid gangster thriller with lurid characters and visual style.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
September 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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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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