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Johnny Handsome (1989)

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Small-time crook Mickey Rourke is mockingly named Johnny Handsome because of his grotesquely deformed face. While in stir on a robbery rap, Rourke is knifed by convicts in the employ of his former partner--and now bitter enemy--Lance Henriksen. While in the prison hospital, Rourke is cared for by a kindly doctor (Forrest Whitaker), who believes that the key to Rourke's rehabilitation might be a literal change of face. Undergoing plastic surgery, Rourke emerges as virtually unrecognizable to

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Ken Friedman

Oct 22, 2002

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (5)

The underrated, old-fashioned B-movie director Walter Hill (The Warriors) made this excellent action drama with an amazing cast.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

The more ridiculous it becomes, the better looking it gets.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A stylish and tough crime-thriller with that underlying mournfulness which characterizes Hill's best work.

January 25, 2006
Fantastica Daily

Not one of Hill's better efforts.

January 14, 2004
New Times

Audience Reviews for Johnny Handsome

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.
May 26, 2012
allan913

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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, Morgan Freeman looking and acting exactly the same as usual, Forest Whitaker looking really geeky with a stupid beard and Lance Henriksen 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.
January 1, 2012
phubbs1

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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.
February 2, 2010
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jay nixon

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Not one of my favourites. Mickey Rourke is far removed from his career defining performances.
February 16, 2010
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