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: December 9, 1983
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 82% 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.

Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Stone sticks all too closely to the dated plot structure of the original movie, and such melodramatic flourishes as Montana's incestuous attraction for his sister now seem completely ludicrous.

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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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Sean Axmaker

De Palma directs it as a blood-drenched thug opera, a mix of the graceful and the garish with Pacino's guttural thug-in-a-suit spitting out dialogue like broken glass in a harsh Cuban accent.

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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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Gary Arnold
Washington Post

As stylized social realism gives way to wigged-out Faustian fantasy, the would-be devastating effects have an oddly slapstick effect.

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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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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

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

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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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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
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
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