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Face/Off Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    But it is the steady accretion of hundreds of small moments in this elegant, high-spirited, intensely satisfying production -- the director's third American movie, but the first to approach the dazzle of his Hong Kong stuff -- that, toted up, makes everything right about this des- perately welcome thriller.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Woo, who is known and appreciated for his unique stylistic approach to violence and bloodshed, creates a kinetic ballet of bullets and explosions that drives the adrenaline level through the roof.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The high-tech stuff is flawlessly done, but the intriguing elements of the movie involve the performances.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Andy Seiler

    It could be argued that this movie's callousness toward human life is nihilistic and nasty. But Woo takes everything so absurdly far that audiences laugh at what horrified them moments before. [27Jun1997 Pg01.D]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Overwrought, sci-fi crime thriller. Not for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains plenty of graphic action violence, usually in the form on bloody, on-screen shootings. The deaths are quick, so there's not much suffering. The body count is not as high as some other action blockbusters (such as The Terminator), but is fairly constant throughout the duration of the picture. There is also lots of strong language.

  • Families can talk about how and why we treat people differently when their physical appearance is dramatically altered. Why are some of the violent scenes funny and others very serious? When and why is it appropriate to laugh at some "over the top" violence? Why are so many films by Hong Kong directors, such as John Woo, as violent?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Might makes right. Killing for revenge is acceptable. Trust personality over appearance.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Many graphic on-screen shootings, brutal beatings. Stabbing, impaling.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Cartoon image of female nudity, sexual suggestion.

  • language false5

    Language: Lots of swearing.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drug use.