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Based on 9 Reviews
critic reviews (9)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    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. show more

  • 100
    TV Guide

    A beautiful, at times poetic exercise in excess from Brian De Palma. show more

  • 63
    Jay Scott The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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] show more

  • 25
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

    It plays like a crude "Godfather" parody, the sort that might amuse as a 10-minute sketch on "Saturday Night Live," but curdles and collapses as a 143-minute film. [09 Dec 1983] show more

  • 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. show more

  • 90
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    Scarface is the most stylish and provocative - and maybe the most vicious - serious film about the American underworld since Francis Ford Coppola's "Godfather." show more

  • 80
    Richard Corliss Time

    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. show more

  • 80

    Scarface is a grandiose modern morality play, excessive, broad and operatic at times. show more

  • 20
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    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. show more

  • June 07, 2012 dg00000000125361
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    out of the 2.5 hrs the last 5 min was the only part worth watching.

  • October 09, 2009 Karatekid8296
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    look, it does not get better than this. Filled with action, and well written. long movie but well worth it. Many memorable lines. of course"Say hello to my little friend." Worth every penny

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