Face/Off Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2013
[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2013
For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
It's sick, slick and sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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August 2, 2013
A knockout new thriller by John Woo.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2013
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
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 | Original Score: A
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Woo's poetic-kinetic style has evolved, if not to the point of abstraction, then to delirium: he makes a virtue of incredulity.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
John Woo's Face/Off puts the acting into action flick...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 11, 2001
Scenes of high-voltage action vie with wild hilarity as two guys with guns switch faces and identities.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 14, 2001
Watching John Travolta and Nicolas Cage square off and literally exchange roles brings back the old-fashioned pleasure of astutely judged movie star pairings in a major way.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
It's difficult to describe the jolt his films deliver when [Woo]'s on, and he is on with a vengeance here.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Here comes a mega-movie that actually delivers what mega-movies promise...
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Face/Off, John Woo's third Hollywood movie, is the maddest, most enjoyable blockbuster of the summer.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
You see what thickets this plot constructs; it's as if Travolta adds the spin courtesy of Cage's personality, while Cage mellows in the direction of Travolta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
This is grand moviemaking with grand acting.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 1, 2000
Florid, passionate, frequently hilarious and loaded with messy emotions that nobody in his or her right mind should even attempt to explain, it's operatic in its nutball intensity.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 4/4
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Andy Seiler
USA Today
January 1, 2000
It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
A dizzying, beautiful ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
With Face/Off, John Woo, the Hong Kong auteur (The Killer, Hard Boiled), has made his smartest, wildest, positively Woo-siest American thriller.
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
If there has been a major Hollywood release with a higher body count, I don't remember it.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
capable of moments of rare cinematic perfection
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4