100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
This is an engrossing story, told smoothly and well, and Russell Crowe's contribution is enormous.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Call it the black "Scarface" or "the Harlem Godfather" or just one hell of an exciting movie.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie, based on a true story, takes surprising twists and turns right up to its chilling ending and is probably the best gangster crime drama of the year.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
It's workmanlike and engrossing, but what sticks in the mind are Frank and Richie, not what anybody does.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
In the end, though, the success of American Gangster doesn't flow from the originality of its ideas, or its bid for epic status, as much as from its craftsmanship and confident professionalism. It's a great big gangster film, and a good one.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Ridley Scott gives it the grand treatment, 157 minutes worth, but in the end, it doesn't stack up as the portrait of an era (the 1970s, in this case) or an important tale of a criminal mastermind.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
It lacks momentum, and thus the propulsion required to rocket it into the movie mythosphere.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Meticulous and detailed, a drug-world epic that holds you from moment to moment, immersing you in the intricate and sleazy logistics of crime. Yet the movie isn't quite enthralling; it's more like the ghost version of a '70s classic.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The problem is that the movie spends as much time on the boring detective chasing Lucas as on the drug lord himself.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The result is kitschy entertainment that wants to celebrate Lucas's chutzpah and acumen while loosely condemning what they wrought: "Scarface" with a ghost of a conscience.
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76 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.