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Al Pacino stars as Tony Montana, an exiled Cuban criminal who goes to work for Miami drug lord Robert Loggia. Montana rises to the top of Florida's crime chain, appropriating Loggia's cokehead mistress (Michelle Pfeiffer) in the process. Howard Hawks' "X Marks the Spot" motif in depicting the story line's many murders is dispensed with in the 1983 Scarface; instead, we are inundated with blood by the bucketful, especially in the now-infamous buzz saw scene. One carry-over from the original Scarface is Tony Montana's incestuous yearnings for his sister Gina (Mary… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Viewed today, while Scarface seems less shocking than it did during its initial theatrical run, it's no more substantive or interesting."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"I like it as a kind of B-movie version of The Godfather. There are a lot of classic lines and a handful of memorably horrific scenes ..."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"By ignoring its massive, toxic, nuclear-fallout shortcomings, it finds its way to the hallowed status of camp classic."
‑ Rob Vaux,
"One of the best gangster dramas ever made, driven by Pacino's haunting performance and De Palma's lightning pace."
‑ R. L. Shaffer, IGN DVD
"Paciono gives a riveting performance in the lead in De Palma's over-the-top but engaging modern version of the classic gangster"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"An unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it."
‑ Tom Huddleston, Time Out
"The dominant mood of the film is anything but funny. It is bleak and futile: What goes up must always come down. When it comes down in Scarface, the crash is as terrifying as it is vivid and arresting."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"one of Brian DePalma's best films"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"It's a whole new spin on the immigrant story and the American Dream as an underworld nightmare and a fitting bookend to the two Godfather films."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Extremely violent '80s crime classic with drugs, sex, etc."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"What were Pacino's detractors hoping for? Something internal and realistic? Low key? The Tony Montana character is above all a performance artist, a man who exists in order to gloriously be himself."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"One fundamentally dishonest character choice launched a billion-dollar industry. But it hardly sours a film that became a garishly ghoulish, bleakly funny and compulsively watchable template for modern-criminal deconstructions of the American Dream."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"...much, much longer than it generally needs to be..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"the very definition of excess, which is perhaps why it has persisted so long as a cultural totem: Its florid pleasures can never be exhausted"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Pacino's bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing."
‑ , Film4
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