F/X

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Smart, twisty, and perfectly cast, the effects-assisted neo-noir F/X reminds viewers that a well-told story is the most special effect of all.

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Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) is a special-effects expert for low-budget Hollywood movies. As gangster Nicholas DeFranco (Jerry Orbach) prepares to testify in court against his former bosses, FBI agents, fearing Nicholas will be killed by the mob before he can take the stand, decide to fake his assassination. The agents hire Rollie to use his special-effects skills to make the murder look believable. Leo McCarthy (Brian Dennehy), a detective, steps in to investigate the murder.

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Critic Reviews for F/X

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (3)

  • Taking a page from Hitchcock, "F/X" is a nicely knitted thriller, effective if conventional...

    January 3, 2018 | Full Review…
  • As contrived and plot-hole ridden as it is, F/X still works quite effectively as a crowd-pleasing popcorn picture.

    April 9, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • The action sequences are efficiently handled, but look elsewhere for psychological or emotional insight.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
    Time Out
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  • The film is as much a demonstration of various kinds of special effects as it is about them.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The irony of F/X, which is a very good thriller indeed, is that it avoids the pitfall of so many thrillers; it doesn't degenerate into a mindless display of special effects.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The best thing about F/X is its modest plot and its tone from a B movie. [Full Review in Spanish]

    March 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for F/X

  • Sep 23, 2013
    The movie starts well enough, and the make-belief story didn't make me uncomfortable enough to enjoy the strategy making process!! The humor played a significant role there (why so serious), I guess. But come second half of the flick, and the suspension of disbelief becomes sort of a challenge to overcome. (No loose ends!!!) It simply keeps descending thereafter, with the end hitting the nail to the coffin. Besides, the performances too were terrible. Having said that, it's a tolerable one (maybe specifically on a fine day) that doesn't call for repeated viewings.
    familiar s Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2013
    The film turns the old fashioned thriller story into something fun and original. Alfred Hitchcock would make these films with his eyes shut and I would assume he would enjoy this clever twist on the wrong guy. Bryan brown is well cast as the special effects artist who accepts a job that soon leads to a murder charge. Dennehy is good as the old disgruntled detective who uncovers the plot. The film is full of promising actors which gives the film more depth. The film is at its strongest when it runs free with the clever concept that in the wrong hands could have been dull and over the top. If you enjoy a fresh take on an old tired genre film then this is the film for you. 10/09/2018.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2011
    F/X is entertaining on a base level thanks to a few clever twists, but it's also laughably implausible too much of the time and embraces an inconsistent tone that tries to find balance between bloody violence and silly, prop-related stunts to middling effect.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    An okay action thriller movie, I saw it a long time ago on TV, so maybe I should see it again, but I wasn't too impressed with it the first time.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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