Scarface Reviews

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.
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
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.
December 11, 2013
By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic.
August 21, 2009
As overrated as it is overlong.
April 30, 2009
Viewed today, while Scarface seems less shocking than it did during its initial theatrical run, it's no more substantive or interesting.
July 10, 2007
Scarface could be the male moviegoer's answer to Mommie Dearest ... when it's not grotesquely melodramatic, it somehow manages to be incredibly dull.
February 21, 2007
As stylized social realism gives way to wigged-out Faustian fantasy, the would-be devastating effects have an oddly slapstick effect.
October 21, 2005
Ugly and overrated
February 27, 2004
...Brian De Palma's criminally over-the-top remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster classic
August 20, 2002
Ultra-violent; Pacino is manic and all ham; a pale shade of the original.
January 1, 2000
Watching some 20 years down the line, [Pacino's performance is] laughably campy in a manner that the rest of this bloated, self-important film doesn't seem to appreciate.