The Man Without a Face

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  • Summary: A boy, struggling to pass the entrance exam to his late father's alma mater and virtually ignored by his mother and two sisters, asks Justin Mcleod, a solitary ex-teacher with a tragic past, to tutor him. As the two apply themselves to the task at hand, they build a friendship with the powerA boy, struggling to pass the entrance exam to his late father's alma mater and virtually ignored by his mother and two sisters, asks Justin Mcleod, a solitary ex-teacher with a tragic past, to tutor him. As the two apply themselves to the task at hand, they build a friendship with the power to heal the wounds of their past. (Warner Bros.) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    88
    What Gibson gives us is a portrait of a man behaving gracefully under several kinds of pressure, some of it shamefully unfair. It's a solid acting achievement, and his directing, which never calls attention to itself, is right on the money, too. The Man Without a Face is an affecting evocation of a man of principle who teaches a boy what's important. [25 Aug 1993, p.53]
  2. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    83
    Gibson has done a capable job of directing The Man Without a Face, showing little in the way of a personal style, but taking advantage of the skills brought to the project by his collaborators. [27 Aug 1993]
  3. In The Man Without a Face, Mel Gibson reminds us that he doesn't need one-liners and explosive special effects to warrant our attention. Gibson, as actor and first-time director, is not only self-assured in these dual roles, but he seems relieved to let the drama carry him, rather than the reverse. The result is a movie that's both heartwarming and heart-wrenching.
  4. Gibson stages the movie episodically, as a series of quiet actors' moments; his direction is scrupulous, tasteful, and, I'm afraid, rather sodden. By the end, he wrings a tear or two, but more from the story's sentimental outline than from anything he does to fill it in.
  5. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    63
    The story is full of good feelings, but as one sits there it all seems so predictable that you can't help but ask the point of it all. [27 Aug 1993, p.C]
  6. The Man Without a Face marks a solidly crafted directorial debut for actor Mel Gibson, who approaches his melodramatic story with commendable restraint.
  7. Usually, I am not so persnickety about such things, especially with first-timers, but the accumulation of mis-matched shots is so great that you have to wonder why some of the more experienced crew members weren't climbing the rafters to say “Whoa, Mel.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jul 13, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Man Without A Face is a great drama directed by Mel Gibson. Gibson also stars in the movie. He lives isolated in a cabin outside of the town. He starts tutoring a young boy but he doesn't get permission from his parents. The child doesn't know about the accident, and other secrets come out. Overall this is a very smart drama with great acting from Mel Gibson and Nick Stahl. Expand
  2. Nov 28, 2010
    10
    Mel Gibson is a COMPLETE BADASS and I don't give a **** WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT HIM. REMEMBER THE AXES IN THE PATRIOT? REMEMBER THOSE? HOLY.Mel Gibson is a COMPLETE BADASS and I don't give a **** WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT HIM. REMEMBER THE AXES IN THE PATRIOT? REMEMBER THOSE? HOLY. **** also in brave heart, MORE AXES? AND BROAD SWORDS? CLEARLY every thing Mel Gibson touches is A ****ING MASTERPIECE. Expand
  3. KieranF.
    Dec 7, 2008
    3
    No more then a TV-movie.

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