Scarface

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65

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8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 491 Ratings

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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: 63 out of 72
  2. Negative: 6 out of 72
  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. gaber
    Feb 16, 2009
    10
    How can somebody give this movie less than an 8? this movie is one of the greatest I have ever seen. It may be a little hard to follow at How can somebody give this movie less than an 8? this movie is one of the greatest I have ever seen. It may be a little hard to follow at times and the end sucks, but Everything else in the movie makes that forgivable. Pure Genius Expand
  3. Dec 12, 2013
    10
    Only a movie like Scarface can keep it up for nearly 3 hours with unpredictable moves, a killer music score, honest brutality, and, for god'sOnly a movie like Scarface can keep it up for nearly 3 hours with unpredictable moves, a killer music score, honest brutality, and, for god's sake, I nearly shed a man-tear at the end. Expand
  4. Mar 29, 2016
    10
    A cinematic masterpiece, outstanding story and quality acting. This film is easily in the top 10 films i have watched. It also does a greatA cinematic masterpiece, outstanding story and quality acting. This film is easily in the top 10 films i have watched. It also does a great job on engaging viewers and building some tension. This film is worth every second you spend watching it. Scarface certainly deserves a place along with films like 'the godfather'. Expand
  5. Nov 27, 2014
    9
    Al Pacino is even a good actor. Tony Montana is a character that I really like how it performs. It is simply a masterpiece. Montana Reality Company...
  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. Jul 25, 2014
    0
    I didn't realize that this is a movie til minute 40 of movie. CAN THIS BE MORE BORING? Is this a good gangster movie? Im sorry but the bestI didn't realize that this is a movie til minute 40 of movie. CAN THIS BE MORE BORING? Is this a good gangster movie? Im sorry but the best gangster movie is There will be blood. The performance of Daniel day Lewis in that movie its simply incredible. Good for you Daniel.

    Al Pacino you can die in hell
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