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Three generations of Chinese women attempt to reconcile the cultural chasm between their traditional heritage and the everyday influences of life in America. Finding herself pregnant, career girl Kim was forced into an unhappy marriage in the late 70s. But Kim decided to flee, leaving her infant daughter in her mother's care. Now, year's later, she returns to find her independent daughter Genie involved in a relationship with black DJ Michael, causing controversy.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By the end of Face, we've been drawn deep into the battle for both communal support and individual freedom that marks the progress of so many ethnic groups in America."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"A film with visual flair, musical inspiration and dramatic gravity. From the top to the bottom of the cast list, there are performances rich in detail and intelligence."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"The performances are almost enough to overcome the story's essential inertness."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Bertha Bay-Sa Pan gets good performances -- notably from Ling, who convincingly evolves from mixed-up coed to successful businesswoman."
‑ , E! Online
"Face is a film of considerable charm and warmth, even if the material sometimes feels well worn."
‑ Carlo Cavagna, AboutFilm.com
"With no access to these women's inner selves, we are left wanting at least a fuller portrait of their outer lives, some way to infer the meaning that the film declines to provide."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"It's a tale worth telling again -- especially if you feel the material as strongly as recent Columbia film-school grad Bertha Bay-Sa Pan seems to."
‑ Russell Scott Smith, New York Post
"New Jersey-born, Taiwan-raised director/cowriter Bay-Sa Pan gives the conflict a culturally particular spin and elicits strong performances from her appealing cast."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It is an emotional and rewarding film for anyone who's ever struggled to find their place in their family and the world."
‑ Charles Martin, Boxoffice Magazine
"Ling, delicate and haunted, and Wu, a real spitfire, make their reconciliation sting as much as it soothes."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"A sincere but superficial version of a familiar story."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"the director seems all too cognizant of her pedestrian script's inability to express more than superficial pathos"
‑ Nick Schager, Filmcritic.com
"Too slight in realization and trite in characterization to work as it might have."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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