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
Still a must-see for Pacino's potent and influential performance.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
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
Dean Essner - Variety
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
...much, much longer than it generally needs to be...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
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
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 - MSN.com
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
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
Extremely violent remake. Not for kids!
David Gurney - Common Sense Media
De Palma's film is now back on the big screen and looking better than ever.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Pacino's bravura performance dominates, making no concessions to our sensibilities. And the final shootout is a tour de force of editing.
Dean Essner - Film4
Pacino's drug-crazed, bloodshot performance gives this gangster movie a terrifying edge.
Rob Daniel - Sky Movies
[Pacino's] grandstanding performance is still hard to resist and symbolises the baroque excess of this shockingly violent gangster classic.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Scarface has become a touchstone of pop culture, one of the half dozen or so most frequently referenced films of our era.
Toby Young - Times [UK]
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 Whittle - Times [UK]
As overrated as it is overlong.
Dean Essner - Total Film
To call the whole thing visceral is a palpable understatement.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Pacino, of course, goes way over the top and through the floor on the other side.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
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. - DVD Review
Although the film depicts a nightmarish world, it's also very funny.
Martyn Bamber - Slant Magazine
Painted in exuberant, extravagant swaths of red, Brian De Palma's foolhardy epic is a thing of delirious grandeur
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
An unashamed study of selfish, sadistic criminality, and all the better for it.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Ugly and overrated
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
What's left to say?
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Any list of classic guy movies would be incomplete without an appearance from Brian De Palma's Scarface.
Jamey Codding - Bullz-Eye.com
Sometime it fun.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Stylish ultra violence = one popular film for many, sad to say.
Steve Crum - Video-Reviewmaster.com
The most frantic and assured film of Brian De Palma's impressive career.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
A slyly ironic vision of America's still-thriving meritocracy.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
To be honest, Scarface isn't exactly what you could call a 'good' movie. It's overwritten, overacted and overdirected (not to mention overlong). And yet, against the odds, it still works.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Pacino, em mais um de seus grandes momentos, transforma Montana em um icone do genero e da decada de 80, conduzindo um filme que seria fartamente copiado nos anos seguintes.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
As time goes by, films like Scarface only gain in their importance.
Dragan Antulov - rec.arts.movies.reviews
...Brian De Palma's criminally over-the-top remake of the 1932 Howard Hawks gangster classic
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Palpitating with intensity..
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
DePalma loves blood and guts-nothing wrong with that!
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Subtle it ain't, but just try turning your eyes away from this study in stylistic excess.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
At a certain point, Scarface sheds its moralistic pretense and becomes a slick come-on to impressionable youth
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
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
An undeniably effective, visceral experience.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The definitive modern gangster movie. Pacino's powerhouse role. Meet my little friend!
Brian Mckay - eFilmCritic.com
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Al Pacino is amazing. a knockout action blockbuster!
Clint Morris - Moviehole
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Unbalanced as it may be, it's an exhilarating picture.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Ultra-violent; Pacino is manic and all ham; a pale shade of the original.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Bob Grimm - Las Vegas Mercury
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
This is very much a film of the 80s in its portrayal not of moral decline (there is little declining left to do) but of unstoppable ego-centrism. With guns.
Nick Hilditch - BBC
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.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Watching some 20 years down the line, [Pacino's performance is] laughably campy in a manner that the rest of this bloated, self-important film doesn't seem to appreciate.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com