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F/X

F/X (1986)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1

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A man who simulates death for a living finds himself unwittingly tied into the real thing in this New York-based suspense drama. Special-effects man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) makes his living simulating gory mayhem and photogenic violence for movies such as "I Dismember Mama." Tyler is given a chance to expand his professional horizons when he's approached by Lipton (Cliff De Young), who introduces himself as an FBI agent and makes an unusual proposal. Mob kingpin Nicholas DeFranco (Jerry

Jun 13, 2000

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (3) | DVD (10)

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

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: 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 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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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 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It looks dated and shoddy now, never taking itself as seriously as the darker sequel.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A competent and unpretentious entertainment.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Fun cat and mouse mystery-adventure with fun special effects angle.

September 10, 2006
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

A clever, lightning-paced thriller about a Tom Savini-style special effects artist who becomes a pawn in the scheme of some rogue government agents. A surprise modest hit in 1986.

February 17, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

A well-respected thriller; its coldness left me out.

March 10, 2004

A fun, clever little thriller.

January 17, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Hollywood magic thriller offers popcorn pleasure.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Fun little cable-time thriller, especially for the movie geeks!

July 27, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

Brown is not the most charismatic of actors, but it's a classic one-man-against-a-world-of-evil set-up so it's easy to cheer for Rollie as he creatively finds ways to make mincemeat of the bad guys.

February 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...a capable, old-style adventure film with a good cast and an assortment of sly plot surprises.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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Audience Reviews for F/X

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.
September 23, 2013
imrealgod

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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.
January 27, 2011
ajv2688

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An old favourite
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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This one is an easy watching, layed back and don't think about it too much type of film. I think Bryan Brown has great character about and most definitely makes the film. The concept is certainly a novel idea.

VERDICT: Don't buy or rent, but worth a look if it comes on tv
December 29, 2007
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