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
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.
February 23, 2012
Performances are all extremely effective, with Pacino leading the way.
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 21, 2009
To call the whole thing visceral is a palpable understatement.
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.
February 21, 2007
As stylized social realism gives way to wigged-out Faustian fantasy, the would-be devastating effects have an oddly slapstick effect.
September 23, 2006
Although the film depicts a nightmarish world, it's also very funny.
February 9, 2006
An unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it.
May 4, 2005
A slyly ironic vision of America's still-thriving meritocracy.
January 15, 2004
What were Pacino's detractors hoping for? Something internal and realistic? Low key? The Tony Montana character is above all a performance artist, a man who exists in order to gloriously be himself.
September 29, 2003
I like it as a kind of B-movie version of The Godfather. There are a lot of classic lines and a handful of memorably horrific scenes ...
May 20, 2003
The dominant mood of the film is anything but funny. It is bleak and futile: What goes up must always come down. When it comes down in Scarface, the crash is as terrifying as it is vivid and arresting.
April 17, 2001
This is very much a film of the 80s in its portrayal not of moral decline (there is little declining left to do) but of unstoppable ego-centrism. With guns.
January 1, 2000
Perfomances are excellent, and despite its moralistic conclusion, the film has since become de rigueur viewing for crack barons, who know a good shoot-em-up when they see one.