Face Reviews

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October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.
October 20, 2018
The director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos
October 20, 2018
A picture to admire even if not quite one to recommend.
October 20, 2018
Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn.
October 20, 2018
It is an emotional and rewarding film for anyone who's ever struggled to find their place in their family and the world.
October 20, 2018
Bertha Bay-Sa Pan gets good performances -- notably from Ling, who convincingly evolves from mixed-up coed to successful businesswoman.
October 20, 2018
Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes.
October 20, 2018
October 20, 2018
[Pan's] actors are exceptional.
October 20, 2018
Feels like the stretched-out short student film that it is.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
The movie never really finds a fresh groove.
October 20, 2018
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.
October 20, 2018
October 20, 2018
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.
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