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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 24, 2009
Pacino's bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.
August 24, 2009
Still a must-see for Pacino's potent and influential performance.
August 24, 2009
Scarface has become a touchstone of pop culture, one of the half dozen or so most frequently referenced films of our era.
August 24, 2009
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.
August 24, 2009
De Palma's film is now back on the big screen and looking better than ever.
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