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F/X Reviews

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 10, 2004
A well-respected thriller; its coldness left me out.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The action sequences are efficiently handled, but look elsewhere for psychological or emotional insight.

April 9, 2008
It looks dated and shoddy now, never taking itself as seriously as the darker sequel.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Hollywood magic thriller offers popcorn pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 27, 2002
Fun little cable-time thriller, especially for the movie geeks!
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rebecca Murray
March 26, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
San Francisco Examiner
January 17, 2003
A fun, clever little thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 13, 2015
[A] first-rate thriller. Robert Mandel directs with a winning energy, never getting too slick, but remaining interested in the human angle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
April 9, 2008
As contrived and plot-hole ridden as it is, F/X still works quite effectively as a crowd-pleasing popcorn picture.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 1, 2000
...a capable, old-style adventure film with a good cast and an assortment of sly plot surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Chuck O'Leary
February 17, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 8/10
Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
September 10, 2006
Fun cat and mouse mystery-adventure with fun special effects angle.
| Original Score: 4/5
Spence D.
IGN Movies
January 29, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
June 11, 2015
While this sleeper hit will doubtless continue to play best for those of us who knew it back when, it should still effectively engage all but the most cynical of today's seen-it-all film fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 13, 2001
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.
Read More | Original Score: 71/100
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
The film is as much a demonstration of various kinds of special effects as it is about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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