Scarface (1983)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Director Brian De Palma and star Al Pacino take it to the limit in this stylized, ultra-violent and eminently quotable gangster epic that walks a thin white line between moral drama and celebratory excess.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

An unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

The sharp, if expletive-ridden, dialogue in Oliver Stone's script and the vivid cinematography of John A Alonzo help make De Palma's urban shocker a modern-day classic.

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Variety Staff

Performances are all extremely effective, with Pacino leading the way.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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People Magazine

Characterization and plot go out the window. Arms are cut off with chain saws. By the third hour everything is out of control.

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James Berardinelli

Viewed today, while Scarface seems less shocking than it did during its initial theatrical run, it's no more substantive or interesting.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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 ...

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

[Brian DePalma] apparently considers ''money isn't everything'' an original and profound message.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
"Scarface" is one of those must see films that everyone who loves crime thrillers needs to see, if only for the intense character portrait of crime.… More
Mister Caple
At the time this movie came out there was no better actor out there than the great Al Pacino who could brilliantly bring Tony Montana to life in this classic… More
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Albert Kim
With P. Diddy praising this movie left and right, I was hesitant to jump into this movie. And man was it intense. A powerful statement to those who strive for… More
Daniel Mumby
Scarface is often held up at the quintessential violent gangster film. While The Godfather series is arguably the most revered gangster saga, Scarface is the… More
KJ Proulx
Technical-wise, Plot-wise, and Character-wise, "Scarface (1983)" is the best gangster film ever put on the big screen. Al Pacino is a powerhouse in… More

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