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  • Summary: FBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). He'll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy's face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist's world to discover his deadly secrets. But as much as Archer looks and actsFBI agent Sean Archer (Travolta) knows how to stop elusive terrorist Castor Troy (Cage). He'll become him. Archer undergoes a futuristic surgery and has Troy's face mapped onto his, then infiltrates the terrorist's world to discover his deadly secrets. But as much as Archer looks and acts like Troy, he doesn't really know him. He never figures Troy will retaliate and force doctors to transform him into Archer. Now the agent faces a shattering nightmare: his archrival is living with his family. (Paramount) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 100
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Before we go numb from such prefab excitement, here comes a mega-movie that actually delivers what mega-movies promise: strong characters, smart plotting, breathless action and a gimmick that hasn't been seen before.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Seiler
    88
    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]
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    This isn't just a thrill ride; it's a rocket into the thrilling past, when directors could scare you with how much emotion they packed into a movie.
  6. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    70
    OK, the premise may be a little hard to take, but there's plenty of good writing here, anyway.
  7. 50
    Yet the movie, distilling into purest form the blend of viciousness and sentimentality that informs all Woo's work, winds up as emotionally bogus as it is viscerally overwhelming.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 14, 2013
    10
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    ace cuts no doubt.

    it really is 2good

    great film

    like i said my favorite of all time no joke no doubts true stuff
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  2. May 13, 2015
    10
    Face/Off is a modern masterpiece in a nutshell for those who have seen it and those who haven't.
    Cage and Travolta are brilliant, the action
    Face/Off is a modern masterpiece in a nutshell for those who have seen it and those who haven't.
    Cage and Travolta are brilliant, the action choreography is astonishing and the plot is ingeniously
    sublime. Face/Off is an action fans dream come true and personally I think it is the best action thriller John
    Woo has made in his career.
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  3. Aug 7, 2014
    10
    Basically, this movie is just extraordinary. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are top-notch and the story is also pleasant. A great achievementBasically, this movie is just extraordinary. Nicolas Cage and John Travolta are top-notch and the story is also pleasant. A great achievement for Hollywood. Expand
  4. Gray
    Oct 7, 2005
    9
    Easily the best of Woo's American works. Emotionally powerful as well as being chock full of great action scenes.
  5. Nov 25, 2013
    9
    Poetically violent action, magnetically brilliant lead performances, and an undeniably ingenious premise culminate in John Woo's "Face/Off,"Poetically violent action, magnetically brilliant lead performances, and an undeniably ingenious premise culminate in John Woo's "Face/Off," an action movie that never ceased to impress, entertain, and fulfill my hopeless masculine dreams. Expand
  6. Sep 28, 2013
    7
    A pretty good action movie, and Woo is good at them. The plot is a little unrealistic, and I think the popular saying "YOU DON'T SAY" is aA pretty good action movie, and Woo is good at them. The plot is a little unrealistic, and I think the popular saying "YOU DON'T SAY" is a very relevant answer to that question, as Nick Cage is in this movie! I liked it for the most part, and it's worth a watch in the long run. Expand
  7. MattC.
    Oct 6, 2005
    0
    How many poor souls this movie has hoodwinked! Epic hams Cage and Travolta maul the scenery; they do not act as much as make spectacles of How many poor souls this movie has hoodwinked! Epic hams Cage and Travolta maul the scenery; they do not act as much as make spectacles of themselves. The plot is riveted with as many bulletholes as there are at the end of a cliched Woo action scene. Once second Cage is on an oil rig in the ocean-- the next he is on dry land. Enough with the doves, Woo; it's tired. Expand

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