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Face Reviews

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
August 18, 2005
The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness.
Full Review| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
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
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 6, 2005
Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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
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Russell Scott Smith
New York Post
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
March 18, 2005
A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
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
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com
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
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 15, 2005
The movie never really finds a fresh groove.

E! Online
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+
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
March 3, 2005
Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Rooney
Variety
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.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 3, 2005
Feels like the stretched-out short student film that it is.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
February 28, 2005
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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
Carlo Cavagna
AboutFilm.com
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-
Charles Martin
Boxoffice Magazine
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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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