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Face Reviews

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August 18, 2005
The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
July 29, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
May 12, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 6, 2005
Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 18, 2005
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.
March 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 18, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 18, 2005
A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 17, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/5
March 16, 2005
the director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos
| Original Score: 2.5/5
March 15, 2005
The movie never really finds a fresh groove.
March 4, 2005
Bertha Bay-Sa Pan gets good performances -- notably from Ling, who convincingly evolves from mixed-up coed to successful businesswoman.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 3, 2005
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 3, 2005
Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 3, 2005
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.
March 3, 2005
Feels like the stretched-out short student film that it is.
February 28, 2005
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
October 15, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3/4
August 26, 2004
Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 12, 2004
It is an emotional and rewarding film for anyone who's ever struggled to find their place in their family and the world.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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