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Face/Off Reviews

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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
July 28, 2015
I won't pretend that I completely enjoyed it, but it certainly has a few elements that I've never seen before. Action aficionados will undoubtedly slobber all over themselves.
Michael Ollove
Baltimore Sun
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is a giant step for a filmmaker known more for action sequences than psychological insight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 2, 2013
[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2013
An engaging and at times sophisticated story of identity and behavior, wearing the leering face of a farcical action cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 2, 2013
For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Total Film
August 2, 2013
What really makes Face/Off tick, what sells the movie more than anything else, are the dazzling performances from the two leading men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Adrian Turner
Radio Times
August 2, 2013
Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
It's sick, slick and sensational.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is a masterpiece equal to the action classics Seven Samurai, The Wild Bunch and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dan Webster
Spokesman-Review (Washington)
August 2, 2013
[Woo] benefits from the dual performances of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who alternately glower and boogie their way through creepy material that would have been far beyond the reach of lesser stars.
Timothy Dugdale
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 2, 2013
The visuals are impossibly glossy and the sound impossibly loud. Every frame glistens with that antiseptic precision of advertising. Even the slightest emotional vibration is writ in 100-point type,
Top Critic
August 2, 2013
A knockout new thriller by John Woo.
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Keith Simanton
Seattle Times
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2013
Face/Off is the best action movie of the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
August 2, 2013
Cage is good, Travolta is better. There is a glee to his performance, a sheer joy at playing two roles in one. He's having a rip-roaringly good time, and so are we.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
August 2, 2013
Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
August 2, 2013
This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Face/Off makes bad movies look worse and makes the making of good movies look like the most thrilling work in the world.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 19, 2011
Though the plotting is preposterous, this is John Woo's most successful American movie, demonstrating his unique signature as auetur applied to a a blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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