• Face/off
    2 minutes 32 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Face/Off Reviews

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Michael Ollove
Baltimore Sun

Face/Off is a giant step for a filmmaker known more for action sequences than psychological insight.

Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2013
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

August 2, 2013
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An engaging and at times sophisticated story of identity and behavior, wearing the leering face of a farcical action cartoon.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2013
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2013

Total Film

What really makes Face/Off tick, what sells the movie more than anything else, are the dazzling performances from the two leading men.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 2, 2013
Adrian Turner
Radio Times

Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 2, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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It's sick, slick and sensational.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 5/5

August 2, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Face/Off is a masterpiece equal to the action classics Seven Samurai, The Wild Bunch and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 2, 2013
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2013
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)

[Woo] benefits from the dual performances of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who alternately glower and boogie their way through creepy material that would have been far beyond the reach of lesser stars.

Full Review Source: Spokesman-Review (Washington)

August 2, 2013
Timothy Dugdale
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

The visuals are impossibly glossy and the sound impossibly loud. Every frame glistens with that antiseptic precision of advertising. Even the slightest emotional vibration is writ in 100-point type,

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

August 2, 2013
David Edelstein
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A knockout new thriller by John Woo.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 2, 2013
Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
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Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 2, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 2, 2013
Leah Rozen
People Magazine

Cage is good, Travolta is better. There is a glee to his performance, a sheer joy at playing two roles in one. He's having a rip-roaringly good time, and so are we.

Full Review Source: People Magazine

August 2, 2013
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 2, 2013
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

August 2, 2013
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Face/Off makes bad movies look worse and makes the making of good movies look like the most thrilling work in the world.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

September 7, 2011
Emanuel Levy

Though the plotting is preposterous, this is John Woo's most successful American movie, demonstrating his unique signature as auetur applied to a a blockbuster.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: A-

June 19, 2011
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media

Overwrought, sci-fi crime thriller. Not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2011
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