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Based on 25 Reviews
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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Exciting and then some, Face/Off blends the director's supercharged images of balletic brutality and spiritual catharsis with an off-the-wall humor that allows John Travolta and Nicolas Cage to really let it rip. show more

  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    It's the picture that proves action films don't have to be silly, that a few thrill sequences don't mean every other value has to be shot to pieces. show more

  • 88
    Andy Seiler USA Today

    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] show more

  • 100
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The result is a genre picture that transcends the genre, that gleefully embraces four qualities alien to the bulk of its noisy brethren: (1) thematic texture; (2) kinetic grace; (3) visuals that toy with the mind even while dazzling the eye; and (3) performers who are permitted to act like something other than human wicks for the pyrotechnical bombast. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent. show more

  • 50
    Barbara Shulgasser San Francisco Examiner

    The trouble comes when Woo's patented - that is, oft-repeated - style overwhelms any hope of discerning story or acting through the haze of burning, crashing, bleeding and exploding. show more

  • 100
    Adam Smith Empire

    Sure there are niggles, the most obvious being the length, which could have been reduced by trimming the prison sequences, but in the end this may be his finest moment so far which, by default, puts it in as having a strong claim on the title "best action movie ever made". Really. show more

  • 70
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Unlike Woo's successful but rather disappointing "Broken Arrow", this brutal, stunningly choreographed spectacle weaves together lyrical beauty, blasphemy, sadistic cruelty and grotesque sentimentality with breathtakingly smooth assurance. show more

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