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  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  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: Andy Gill
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    A beautiful, at times poetic exercise in excess from Brian De Palma.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Scarface is a grandiose modern morality play, excessive, broad and operatic at times.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    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: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 5 out of 47
  1. Jun 7, 2011
    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.

  2. KevinC
    Jul 21, 2008
    This movie truly is a cinematic masterpiece. This movie shows Al Pacino at his best. This shoot-em-up classic shows the rise and fall of a true "Bad Guy" . Expand
  3. Jul 8, 2012
    This 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
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    Wow great movie, after a viewing of this its going down as one of my favourite movies of all time. if you like mafia movies your bound to like this. Al Pacino who plays (Tony Montana) a man who becomes a cuban drug lord. this movie really shows a side of what people can become with wealth and having an obsession with wanting more. i'm not going to spoil anything, if you haven't seen this movie already defiantly see it! Expand
  5. Oct 16, 2011
    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 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
  6. Aug 7, 2013
    Wow, what a watch! You will root for the villain, Pacino in a very strong, threatening and cool performance. I wish this movie was longer! I was so attached to Pacino's character words can't explain it, purely I loved him. It's a great watch but nothing I'd rush to watch again sadly though every scene is written with great dialogue and performances and entertained the entire way! Be aware this isn't a movie for everyone. The violence, foul language and themes is taken to the extreme. This movie is really a fantastic journey, from a man who gains money and then power in the crime. Absolutely CLASSIC and immense stuff. Expand
  7. Jul 25, 2014
    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 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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