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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: 46 out of 54
  2. Negative: 6 out of 54
  1. Pawan"Genius"
    Feb 12, 2008
    10
    Scarface, what a movie, what a film, deserves to be the best(excluding The Godfather series). Pacino has acted ever so well in this damn Scarface, what a movie, what a film, deserves to be the best(excluding The Godfather series). Pacino has acted ever so well in this damn movie. Immense action, drama, violence! Hats off to this great masterpiece. 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. Dec 3, 2014
    9
    a fantastic movie about a man who as a dream of been rich and having power he gains it all becoming a fearless man his name was Tony Montanaa fantastic movie about a man who as a dream of been rich and having power he gains it all becoming a fearless man his name was Tony Montana but the world will know him as scarface. Al Pachino just fits the part a part that not many good do his joined with a brilliant cast but to be honest al pachino just makes the movie what it is.Defiantly in my top 5 movies Expand
  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. Oct 16, 2011
    8
    This movie is a classic and a brilliant movie. It is about a Cuban immigrant that moves to Miami in hope of finding a better life. He isThis movie is a classic and a brilliant movie. It is about a Cuban immigrant that moves to Miami in hope of finding a better life. He is caught up in a drug empire that threatens his life and the people around him. Lot's of violence, and good effects for the time. A great gangster film, and a classic you have to say you've seen. 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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