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  • Summary: A movie special effects man is hired to fake a real-life mob killing for a witness protection plan, but finds his own life in danger.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    88
    This movie takes a lot of delight in being more psychologically complex than it has to be. It contains fights and shootouts and big chase scenes, but they're all firmly centered on who the characters are and what they mean to one another.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    Jun 9, 2014
    80
    A love of the world of movies permeates the first-class, crackling excitement of F/X, giving a rare dimension to this thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    75
    The action sequences are well staged and the twists and turns of the convoluted plot will keep viewers guessing. A competent and unpretentious entertainment.
  4. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    Jun 9, 2014
    75
    F/X turns into a dazzling series of deceptions that border on being so topsy-turvy that one almost becomes frustrated with being fooled. But the script of Robert T. Megginson and Gregory Fleeman managed to stay on the right side of credibility and good humor enough of the time so that some rather obvious plot holes can be forgiven.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    Basic premise here is so strong that it proves well-nigh indestructable, even in the face of numerous implausibilities, some silly dialogue and less-than-great casting in secondary roles.
  6. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    The movie, which looks as if it had been made on an A-picture budget, has a lot of the zest one associates with special-effects-filled B-pictures.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    F/X doesn't have the surprises when it needs them. [8 Feb 1986, p.C7]

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