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Face/Off Reviews

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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,
January 1, 2000
A $100 million movie with a $3 plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
August 2, 2013
For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 22, 2003
After seeing this numbing action flick, I'm still stumped what all the hype is about. So many critics and viewers arond the country marveled at this movie, but for what? It's not a horrible movie, but it certainly isn't very good.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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.
March 16, 2003
I think I finally isolated what irritates me about this movie: It is the fact that it promotes the idea that you can indulge in hatred and vengeance with a positive result.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 1, 2000
Style overwhelms any hope of discerning story or acting through the haze of burning, crashing, bleeding and exploding.
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
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.
January 1, 2011
Overwrought, sci-fi crime thriller. Not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
While it still ranks as the best John Woo Hollywood film ever made, it's not quite the action masterpiece that most remember it being.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
January 8, 2005
...a nihilistic thrill ride; a breathless ultra-violent fantasy with real characters and smart actors
Read More | Original Score: B-
January 1, 2000
You see what thickets this plot constructs; it's as if Travolta adds the spin courtesy of Cage's personality, while Cage mellows in the direction of Travolta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 1, 2000
capable of moments of rare cinematic perfection
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2013
[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.
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
September 11, 2007
possibly the greatest, and definitely the most exuberant, action film to come out of the studio system in the '90s
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
February 14, 2001
Watching John Travolta and Nicolas Cage square off and literally exchange roles brings back the old-fashioned pleasure of astutely judged movie star pairings in a major way.
January 1, 2000
John Woo is showing signs of maturing as a filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/8
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