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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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    100
    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. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    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. 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: 48 out of 56
  2. Negative: 6 out of 56
  1. MichaelR
    Dec 30, 2007
    10
    Its the greatest movie ever made.Its an instant classic.For me this beats the godfather.This movie is a fast action packed movie.It had great Its the greatest movie ever made.Its an instant classic.For me this beats the godfather.This movie is a fast action packed movie.It had great dialog,acting and a great plot.Its sad to think that the odds of Hollywood making another perfect movie like this or the Godfather is almost unthinkable. Expand
  2. Jul 8, 2012
    10
    This movie comes as close to a "ten" that I could envision. So controversial for the times cause of its inherant depiction of violence-whichThis movie comes as close to a "ten" that I could envision. So controversial for the times cause of its inherant depiction of violence-which compared to this day would be "g" rated. However, aside from the violence is the story most people can identify with-coming from nothing to be the best at something. Oh, and did I mentioned Pacino and Oliver Stone put definite stamps on this movie. If you can find pleasure in any one of these things, check your pulse. Expand
  3. 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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  4. Mar 26, 2015
    9
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  5. Jan 13, 2014
    8
    Scarface lives and dies with Al Pacinos performance as Tony Montana. He is brutal, out of control but also funny. The rest of the cast doesScarface lives and dies with Al Pacinos performance as Tony Montana. He is brutal, out of control but also funny. The rest of the cast does also a good job but pacino outshines them all. Expand
  6. Sep 8, 2010
    8
    This movie was great and i think this was al pacinos best performence he ever did (beating the godfather) its great but the only thing i didThis movie was great and i think this was al pacinos best performence he ever did (beating the godfather) its great but the only thing i did not like about this film is that well to me when movies made me cry it means its great this made me cry also but in a differnt way it is a very very sad movie and to people who dont have brains shouldnt see this movie because the tony montana charecter isnt violent to me but he was just to dark Expand
  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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