Scarface

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 100
    Scarface is one of those special movies, like "The Godfather," that is willing to take a flawed, evil man and allow him to be human.
  2. A beautiful, at times poetic exercise in excess from Brian De Palma.
  3. Reviewed by: Andy Gill
    100
    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.
  4. 80
    Scarface is a grandiose modern morality play, excessive, broad and operatic at times.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    80
    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.
  6. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Jay Scott
    63
    Scarface is a B- movie with singularly silly psychological pretensions: its neo-primitivism is to the complex moral cosmos of Francis Coppola's "Godfather" saga as Disney is to Dickens. [09 Dec 1983]
  7. 20
    Brian De Palma dedicates this 1983 feature to Howard Hawks and Ben Hecht, authors of the 1932 original, though I doubt they would find much honor in his gory inflation of their crisp, 90-minute comic nightmare into a klumbering, self-important, arrhythmic downer of nearly three hours.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 6 out of 63
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    10
    I'm insanely in love withe this movie. I will say no more.. watch it.

    Whether you are shocked or dismayed and digusted.... well, it's awesome
    I'm insanely in love withe this movie. I will say no more.. watch it.

    Whether you are shocked or dismayed and digusted.... well, it's awesome either way.

    I'm an adult, and was one at 18 when I first saw and loved it. We each have our own opinions.

    GAWD I LUV THIS MOVIE!
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  2. Oct 18, 2010
    10
    Scarface was greeted with almost universally bad reviews on its release in 1983 â
  3. May 5, 2013
    10
    Scarface is a disturbing 80's masterpiece with blood, guns, drugs and everything the world of crime has to offer to a racial-suffering CubanScarface is a disturbing 80's masterpiece with blood, guns, drugs and everything the world of crime has to offer to a racial-suffering Cuban immigrant, showing it's potential on portraying the crime scenes in the 80's, and extremely charismatic characters on out-of-the limit shootout scenes, looks like a good mixture of Rambo and The Godfather, while it features it's own world and quality itself. Expand
  4. MrW
    May 23, 2008
    10
    Everybody's fave criminal. The ultimate gangster film!!! Totaling 143 minutes in length you still crave for more!!!
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    9
    What can I say??? it is just AL PACINO! at his best!!!, he is a legend! the papel of Tony Montana is fantastic, and all the rest of theWhat can I say??? it is just AL PACINO! at his best!!!, he is a legend! the papel of Tony Montana is fantastic, and all the rest of the characters are gorgeous, too! Expand
  6. Jan 20, 2016
    8
    Scarface is a film that wasn't successful on release, but quickly gained a cult following on home video that has resulted in it seeping wellScarface is a film that wasn't successful on release, but quickly gained a cult following on home video that has resulted in it seeping well into pop culture in a way similarly styled films haven't.

    Brian De Palma's 162 minute long tale of the 'Cuban Problem' in the late 70's is a feast of visual excess, stunning location shooting, a fantastic soundtrack, brilliant performances, over the top violence and a fairly decent script.
    Negatives, well the film is overlong, with too many extended scenes of people just mooching about (usually off their **** on cocaine), or unnecessary scenes which add nothing to the plot, characters or narrative.

    What is good is that the film doesn't rely on exposition, there is a great flow (outside the slow, or unnecessary scenes) to the drama, action and emotive elements.

    Overall it's well worth watching if you've never seen it. It's a film I first saw 20 years ago on an ex-rental 'Widescreen' VHS tape, a tape I subsequently bought from the shop for a couple of quid and watched with some of my friends almost religiously ever since.
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  7. Jan 9, 2015
    0
    This movie is horrible. A movie that glorifies a megalomaniacal,power-hungry scumbag psychopathic murderous drug dealing thug. It has a moralThis movie is horrible. A movie that glorifies a megalomaniacal,power-hungry scumbag psychopathic murderous drug dealing thug. It has a moral code? Really? So that is what we are teaching our kids these days? I find that laughable. F**k Scarface,F**k Tony Montana...anyone who thinks he had quality is kidding themselves. The movie sucked. Its like The Godfather...dated and boring about a character that deserves to be killed. Expand

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