Scarface Reviews

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 28, 2006
This is an excellent diversion for those who like to take an afternoon or an evening off to study the activities of cowardly thugs. In it Paul Muni as Scarface Tony Camonte gives a compelling portrayal.
September 21, 2005
March 5, 2005
March 4, 2005
A brilliantly wild narrative that had a lot of Capone and the Borgias in it.
November 17, 2004
Hawks displays balls of steel, using the filmic medium to challenge the free reign of mobsters in the 1930's.
October 18, 2004
The quintessential crime thriller. One of the few perfect films.
October 1, 2004
October 31, 2003
May 24, 2003
Hawks' masterful gangster picture is as startling now as when originally released.
October 17, 2002
July 30, 2002
The quintessential classic gangster picture.
July 30, 2002
July 26, 2002
July 25, 2002
June 27, 2002
a potent, uncompromising and de-romanticized portrait of the gangster life
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