Johnny Handsome (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Johnny Handsome (1989)




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A notably unattractive small-time hood is given plastic surgery while in prison and is released with a new face and a new chance at life in this crime drama. While he at first seems reformed, the newly handsome criminal is actually plotting to seek revenge upon his old enemies.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Ken Friedman, Nicholas Meyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 22, 2002
Live Home Video


Mickey Rourke
as John Sedley
Ellen Barkin
as Sunny Boyd
Elizabeth McGovern
as Donna McCarty
Morgan Freeman
as Lt. A.Z. Drones
Forest Whitaker
as Dr. Steven Fisher
Lance Henriksen
as Rafe Garrett
Scott Wilson
as Mikey Chalmette
David Schramm
as Vic Dumask
Yvonne Bryceland
as Sister Luke
Peter Jason
as Mr. Bonet
Allan Graf
as Bob Lemoyne
Ed Zang
as Prestige Manager
John P. Fertitta
as Prestige Salesman
Raynor Scheine
as Gun Dealer
Ed Walsh
as Judge
Jim Burk
as Prison Guard
Ken Medlock
as Shipyard Accountant
Gie-G Duncombe
as Accounting Secretary
Dick Butler
as Shipyard Security Gu...
Blake Clark
as Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for Johnny Handsome

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5)

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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The underrated, old-fashioned B-movie director Walter Hill (The Warriors) made this excellent action drama with an amazing cast.

Full Review… | March 20, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Audience Reviews for Johnny Handsome

Curious little crime thriller based around a disfigured criminal that has a major face lift, almost like an early version of 'Face Off' really accept a little more realistic.

Its kinda unique because the film almost comes across as an endearing story of a criminal who turns his life around after receiving his new face but then turns into a silly revenge thriller towards the end. I thought the endearing story might have worked better.

The cast is pretty slick with Rourke as the main lead and almost a prediction of his future facial issues and Morgan Freeman looking and acting exactly the same as usual. Forest Whitaker is looking really geeky with a stupid beard and Lance Henriksen is looking completely hilarious in some very gay looking tight fitting 80's attire complete with a ridiculous earring.

Silly title and surprisingly for a Walter Hill film not that good, the problem being its almost two different films stuck together awkwardly.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

A tough, stylish, high-energy and explosive crime-thriller. A great movie with a slam-bang finish thats knocks you out. It`s loaded with style, originality and great stars. An intense, hard-boiled and action-packed movie ride. One of Director, Walter Hill`s best films ever and one of the best performances of Mickey Rourke`s career. Mickey Rourke is absolutely outstanding. Morgan Freeman is excellent. Forest Whitaker is terrific.

Al S

Super Reviewer


Very violent hard edged crime drama, Rourke looks like he needs a shower as always making the title an oxymoron but his performance for once is not full of conceit and the others in the cast are fine.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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