• Face
    2 minutes 11 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Face Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2005
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2005
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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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.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2005
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

April 6, 2005
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

March 18, 2005
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 18, 2005
Russell Scott Smith
New York Post
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

March 18, 2005
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2005
Dana Stevens
New York Times
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A meditation on the conflict between family loyalties and personal ambition, Face ... can feel slight on a first viewing. But ... it is likely to remain in your head long afterward.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 17, 2005
Nick Schager

the director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 16, 2005
Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
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The movie never really finds a fresh groove.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 15, 2005

E! Online

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

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: B+

March 4, 2005
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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There's something especially frustrating about small, personal independent movies that adhere to the stodgy conventions of small, personal, independent movies as if compelled by a cadre of militant MFA candidates.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 3, 2005
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: 2/4

March 3, 2005
David Rooney
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The story's conflicts between modern and traditional attitudes, family and independence feel like familiar fodder, and the pedestrian approach fails to inject much freshness into the material.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 3, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Feels like the stretched-out short student film that it is.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 3, 2005
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

February 28, 2005
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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It is the best performance of [Ling's] eclectic international career, and it raises the level of this otherwise competently made movie to something more special.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

October 15, 2004
Carlo Cavagna

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

Full Review Source: AboutFilm.com | Original Score: B-

August 26, 2004
Charles Martin
Boxoffice Magazine

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

| Original Score: 3.5/5

August 12, 2004
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