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Face (2004)

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54

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 6

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Three generations of Chinese women attempt to reconcile the cultural chasm between their traditional heritage and the everyday influences of life in America. Finding herself pregnant, career girl Kim was forced into an unhappy marriage in the late 70s. But Kim decided to flee, leaving her infant daughter in her mother's care. Now, year's later, she returns to find her independent daughter Genie involved in a relationship with black DJ Michael, causing controversy.

Sep 27, 2005

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By the end of Face, we've been drawn deep into the battle for both communal support and individual freedom that marks the progress of so many ethnic groups in America.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide.

May 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.

April 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. From the top to the bottom of the cast list, there are performances rich in detail and intelligence.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's a tale worth telling again -- especially if you feel the material as strongly as recent Columbia film-school grad Bertha Bay-Sa Pan seems to.

March 18, 2005
New York Post
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A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness.

August 18, 2005 Full Review
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

New Jersey-born, Taiwan-raised director/cowriter Bay-Sa Pan gives the conflict a culturally particular spin and elicits strong performances from her appealing cast.

March 18, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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the director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos

March 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Bertha Bay-Sa Pan gets good performances -- notably from Ling, who convincingly evolves from mixed-up coed to successful businesswoman.

March 4, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.

March 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.

February 28, 2005 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn.

August 26, 2004 Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com
AboutFilm.com

It is an emotional and rewarding film for anyone who's ever struggled to find their place in their family and the world.

August 12, 2004
Boxoffice Magazine

Audience Reviews for Face

Typical Asian horror movie. Nothing really new here. That creepy girl with the hair hanging down over her face, etc, has gotten so overdone. Move on already.
November 1, 2011
itsjustme2004

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The most original thing about Face is that it is derivative of not one, but two genres. So not only do we get a seen-it-all-before Asian Ghost story, but we all get a been-there-done-that serial killer thriller. It struggles with the balance between the two. The best thing about Face is the length. I suppose if you are going to feed the audience such a familiar tale, you can at least make it quick. The film shoves in as much as it can and is rarely dull. It could have been interesting with the whole facial reconstruction thing, and maybe even a tense thriller. However it doesn't seem like the writers bothered to do much research into that aspect and so left it lingering in the background.
February 7, 2009
kiriyamakazou

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Great film!
May 13, 2014
iLeo
Leo L

Super Reviewer

A rather quick moving korean mystery tale that starts out rather gory, and then proceeds to use a sledgehammer to introduce the ghostly supernatural elements. Still this would have been a passable watch except for the last 15 minutes; there we experience the obligatory twist and a far-fetched coincidence that tests the viewer's patience. Overall, it is decent entertainment more so because of the acting rather than the script. However, it's just nothing new or original in the k-horror genre.
March 7, 2009
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