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Face Reviews

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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.
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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
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
March 15, 2005
The movie never really finds a fresh groove.
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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
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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.
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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
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 21, 2002
[Pan's] actors are exceptional.