Critic Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 100
    TV Guide Magazine
    A beautiful, at times poetic exercise in excess from Brian De Palma.
  • 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."
  • 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.
  • 80
    Scarface is a grandiose modern morality play, excessive, broad and operatic at times.
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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.