Viewed today, while Scarface seems less shocking than it did during its initial theatrical run, it's no more substantive or interesting.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
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 EbertFull Review
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 RoeperFull Review
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 CanbyFull Review
...much, much longer than it generally needs to be...
-David NusairFull Review
One of the best gangster dramas ever made, driven by Pacino's haunting performance and De Palma's lightning pace.
-R. L. ShafferFull Review
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 AxmakerFull Review
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 KendrickFull Review
Paciono gives a riveting performance in the lead in De Palma's over-the-top but engaging modern version of the classic gangster
-Emanuel LevyFull Review
Extremely violent remake. Not for kids!
-David GurneyFull Review
Pacino's bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.
Still a must-see for Pacino's potent and influential performance.
-Peter BradshawFull Review
Scarface has become a touchstone of pop culture, one of the half dozen or so most frequently referenced films of our era.
-Toby YoungFull Review
This almost Jacobean tale of drug gangsters in 1980s Miami is rather too long for the points it makes, but is nevertheless riveting and still, after 26 years, remarkably fresh.
-Peter WhittleFull Review
De Palma's film is now back on the big screen and looking better than ever.
-Philip FrenchFull Review
Pacino's drug-crazed, bloodshot performance gives this gangster movie a terrifying edge.
-Rob DanielFull Review
[Pacino's] grandstanding performance is still hard to resist and symbolises the baroque excess of this shockingly violent gangster classic.
-Allan HunterFull Review
As overrated as it is overlong.
To call the whole thing visceral is a palpable understatement.
-Derek MalcolmFull Review
Pacino, of course, goes way over the top and through the floor on the other side.
-Rob GonsalvesFull Review
Scarface could be the male moviegoer's answer to Mommie Dearest ... when it's not grotesquely melodramatic, it somehow manages to be incredibly dull.
-Felix Gonzalez Jr.Full Review
Although the film depicts a nightmarish world, it's also very funny.
-Martyn BamberFull Review
Painted in exuberant, extravagant swaths of red, Brian De Palma's foolhardy epic is a thing of delirious grandeur
-Jeffrey M. AndersonFull Review
An unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it.
-Tom HuddlestonFull Review
Ugly and overrated
What's left to say?
Any list of classic guy movies would be incomplete without an appearance from Brian De Palma's Scarface.
-Jamey CoddingFull Review
Sometime it fun.
Stylish ultra violence = one popular film for many, sad to say.