Scarface Reviews

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September 7, 2020
It will primarily be remembered as a machine-gun-soaked actioner of tough talk, cinematic betrayals and retribution, and mountains of cocaine.
April 6, 2020
Day-Glo Miami is framed well by John A. Alonzo, and the pulsating music by Giorgio Moroder is worthy of a listen on its own.
October 27, 2019
Pacino is a brilliant actor and his portrayal of a Cuban immigrant in Scarface is a perfect example of his work.
December 3, 2018
Other than an unflinching, intense and extraordinary performance from Al Pacino as the Cuban-born gangster Tony Montana, this gruesome offering has little to recommend.
March 24, 2016
De Palma directs it as a blood-drenched thug opera, a mix of the graceful and the garish with Pacino's guttural thug-in-a-suit spitting out dialogue like broken glass in a harsh Cuban accent.
December 9, 2015
Stone sticks all too closely to the dated plot structure of the original movie, and such melodramatic flourishes as Montana's incestuous attraction for his sister now seem completely ludicrous.
July 30, 2014
It is a serious, often hilarious peek under the rock where nightmares strut in $800 suits and Armageddon lies around the next twist of treason.
July 30, 2014
The sharp, if expletive-ridden, dialogue in Oliver Stone's script and the vivid cinematography of John A Alonzo help make De Palma's urban shocker a modern-day classic.
July 30, 2014
Characterization and plot go out the window. Arms are cut off with chain saws. By the third hour everything is out of control.
July 29, 2014
[Brian DePalma] apparently considers ''money isn't everything'' an original and profound message.
January 3, 2014
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.
December 11, 2013
By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic.
August 26, 2013
one of Brian DePalma's best films
February 23, 2012
Performances are all extremely effective, with Pacino leading the way.
February 15, 2012
...much, much longer than it generally needs to be...
January 29, 2012
One of the best gangster dramas ever made, driven by Pacino's haunting performance and De Palma's lightning pace.
September 15, 2011
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.
September 12, 2011
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
April 24, 2011
Paciono gives a riveting performance in the lead in De Palma's over-the-top but engaging modern version of the classic gangster
January 1, 2011
Extremely violent '80s crime classic with drugs, sex, etc.
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