The Faculty

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8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 151 Ratings

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  • Summary: When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students'When some very creepy things start happening around school, the kids at Herrington High make a chilling discovery that confirms their worst suspicions: their teachers really are from another planet! As mind-controlling parasites rapidly begin spreading from the faculty to the students' bodies, it's ultimately up to the few who are left -- an unlikely collection of loners, leaders, nerds, and jocks -- to save the world from alien domination! [Buena Vista] Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. A smart, lively and unpretentious exploitation picture...Consistently funny and clever.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. In a strange way the Williamson of "Dawson's Creek" is now at odds with the sophisticated joker who wrote "Scream."
  6. Exactly the kind of sporadically clever, button-pushing fright-fest that keeps genre fans hanging on until something more fulfilling comes along.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. 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 veryThis 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. Expand
  2. Jul 2, 2015
    10
    I don´t know why, but this is the kind of movie that makes me feel comfortable. It could be because of the characters; all of them have aI don´t know why, but this is the kind of movie that makes me feel comfortable. It could be because of the characters; all of them have a particular personality. It also could be because Robert Rodriguez is one from few directors interested in camera movements and shots. Or because the music from the movie is good (the offspring, class of 99). Anyway, i feel good when i see this movie. Thanks Mr. Rodríguez Expand
  3. 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
    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.
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  4. 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 dayA 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
  5. Jul 13, 2012
    8
    A good high school alien/horror movie. Solid performances all around, especially Elijah Wood. Good writing and direction, interesting concept.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. Expand
  6. 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). TheThe 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! Expand
  7. Jun 24, 2016
    2
    Too gory for my taste. The acting was average, and the actors looked straight out of a soap opera. I would skip The Faculty and watch a better sci fi.

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