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8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 48 out of 51
  2. Negative: 1 out of 51

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  1. Jul 11, 2014
    10
    The Faculty has great actors, action, storyline and witty dialogue. The Faculty was made for a low budget,
    but the effects look expensive because they're elaborate. Overall the whole movie is exciting and
    entertaining.
  2. Oct 20, 2013
    7
    The main advantage of this movie is a number of great actors (most of them were pretty young and not famous at the moment of production). The story is rather average for Sci Fi, there are some stupidities along the plot. The visual effects are not so good even for 1998. But still it's pretty nice to check it out if you haven't!
  3. Sep 24, 2012
    8
    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.
  4. Jul 13, 2012
    8
    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.
  5. Apr 6, 2012
    6
    The Faculty delivers exactly what you expect from a highschool-comedy-horror. It has all the usual character archetypes played by soon-to-be megastars: the oppressed nerd (Elijah Wood), the whip-smart rebel (Josh Hartnett), the goth outcast (Clea DuVall), the misunderstood jock (Shawn Hatosy), miss perfect super-b*tch (Jordana Brewster) and the new girl (Laura Harris). Kevin Williamson'sThe Faculty delivers exactly what you expect from a highschool-comedy-horror. It has all the usual character archetypes played by soon-to-be megastars: the oppressed nerd (Elijah Wood), the whip-smart rebel (Josh Hartnett), the goth outcast (Clea DuVall), the misunderstood jock (Shawn Hatosy), miss perfect super-b*tch (Jordana Brewster) and the new girl (Laura Harris). Kevin Williamson's writing is sharp, funny and self-aware as always, and knowingly refers to the numerous earlier films The Faculty pays homage to. The film is consistently fun, with the best scene being the students driven to playing a rather unconventional version of Russian roulette through intense paranoia of possession by the film's parasitic invaders. The final act of the film does disappoint a little - its big, loud and unnecessary, and showcases the film's unfortunate lack of a decent budget. Though it doesn't have any glaring weaknesses other than this segment, The Faculty does still feel like it's lacking something. Perhaps its the fact that it would be fairly unremarkable teen schlock were it not for Williamson's contribution, or maybe its that Robert Rodriguez is allowed very little opportunity to inject his zany creative style into the film, and consequently it feels like it was helmed by any old mercenary director-for-hire. Even so, The Faculty is pretty consistently entertaining, with good performances across the board, a pleasing amount of laughs and horror and sci-fi movie references aplenty for the buffs in the audience. Expand
  6. j30
    Jan 30, 2012
    6
    Robert Rodriguez follows up his other B-movie (From Dusk Till Dawn) with another B-movie The Faculty, which screams for a cult following. Robert Rodriguez seems to like settling for mediocrity. The writer Kevin Williamson tries to keep the steam rolling from his work on the first two Scream movies, but is running on fumes. After all that being said I enjoyed the movie for what it is.
  7. May 1, 2011
    8
    A very good horror film that creates an excellent character in Coach. The Faculty is well paced and exciting from start to finish. Modern day horror films seem obsessed with gore and violence, yet this shows how films within the genre should be made. Almost no gore is necessary, yet the film is still scary and much better because of the lack of gore. The plot is very good and the film isA very good horror film that creates an excellent character in Coach. The Faculty is well paced and exciting from start to finish. Modern day horror films seem obsessed with gore and violence, yet this shows how films within the genre should be made. Almost no gore is necessary, yet the film is still scary and much better because of the lack of gore. The plot is very good and the film is helped by excellent performances from all of the teaching staff. As previously mentioned, the Coach steals the show with a string of brilliant lines and encounters. Expand
  8. Mar 15, 2011
    10
    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.
Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Results may not be Nobel Prize material, but they're zesty and cogent.
  2. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    70
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Allan Ulrich
    50
    The Faculty deserves a week of detention, not so much for missing the point as for blunting it.