Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. 38
    One could easily argue that, like many Ed Wood-type bad movies, The Faculty might be headed for the cult classic shelf in the video store. Unfortunately, it's not campy enough, and, worse, it seems to think it's being hip when it's just being dumb.
  2. In a strange way the Williamson of "Dawson's Creek" is now at odds with the sophisticated joker who wrote "Scream."
  3. 50
    Exactly the kind of sporadically clever, button-pushing fright-fest that keeps genre fans hanging on until something more fulfilling comes along.
  4. 78
    A slam-bang, sci-fi actioner, relentlessly paced and edited, with a pounding soundtrack and some ingenious aliens courtesy of Berni Wrightson and KNB Effects.
  5. A smart, lively and unpretentious exploitation picture...Consistently funny and clever.
  6. A lazy and mediocre movie, a sort of tepid parody blend of "The Breakfast Club" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
  7. 70
    Fine lowbrow entertainment, a fast, funny pastiche of science-fiction, horror, and teen-movie archetypes that is, aside from the original Scream, perhaps the most entertaining, fully realized film of the current postmodern horror/sci-fi cycle.
  8. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Results may not be Nobel Prize material, but they're zesty and cogent.
  9. 80
    Rodriguez's unironic directing brings out the complexity of characters painfully aware of the stereotypes they represent and allows this gripping, scary, and romantic movie to offer more than factoids about other movies the filmmakers have seen too many times.
  10. 70
    It's an awfully enjoyable, hip little B-movie.
  11. This mediocre sci-fi horror film about an Ohio high school being taken over by thirsty space aliens intent on world domination breaks no new ground. But it has an engaging cast.
  12. 80
    A tight blend of self-awareness, humor and fear.
  13. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    It looks like Williamson threw five old scripts in the air and Rodriguez shot the first 90 pages he picked up. I'd like a little more meat on my burger because all I can taste is the cheese.
  14. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    This alien high school sci-fi tale has clever wit, clever FX.
  15. Reviewed by: Monica Eng
    All the young actors, especially Joshua Hartnett as the misunderstood drug dealer, deliver fine performances in their diverse group, which forms a kind of horror film equivalent of "The Breakfast Club." [25 Dec 1998]
  16. Reviewed by: Allan Ulrich
    The Faculty deserves a week of detention, not so much for missing the point as for blunting it.
  17. Reviewed by: Gary Dauphin
    Since the codes of science fiction are different from horror's cant, the patented Williamson method doesn't make a perfect fit with the material; Faculty's fun, but less fun than it could be.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Mar 15, 2011
    This is one of the best science fiction movie with teenagers ever. Everyone is great and they can act very well. Also, the movie has a very good concept of combining The Breakfast Club with Body Snatchers. Full Review »
  2. Sep 24, 2012
    I do not think this movie would appeal to a person over 18 years ... But I loved it! The argument made ​​me think "what if my school really happen?". effects are not very good because the movie is from 98. Full Review »
  3. Jul 13, 2012
    A good high school alien/horror movie. Solid performances all around, especially Elijah Wood. Good writing and direction, interesting concept. Nice pacing and atmosphere. A really fun movie to watch. 8.9./10. Full Review »