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The third of John Woo's American-made feature films, Face/Off stars John Travolta as Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with capturing Castor Troy (Nicolas Cage), a criminal genius who years before killed Archer's son while trying to assassinate the agent. Archer's single-minded pursuit of Troy has caused serious harm to his marriage, but Archer thinks the light may have appeared at the end of the tunnel when a seriously wounded Troy is captured in a bloody shootout. However, it turns out that Troy has planted a time bomb, with a biological payload that could destroy the entire… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Face/Off is a giant step for a filmmaker known more for action sequences than psychological insight."
‑ Michael Ollove, Baltimore Sun
"Woo more than delivers in the overblown action stakes. It's also patently evident that both stars are having a ball sending up each other's mannerisms."
‑ Adrian Turner, Radio Times
"The visuals are impossibly glossy and the sound impossibly loud. Every frame glistens with that antiseptic precision of advertising. Even the slightest emotional vibration is writ in 100-point type,"
‑ Timothy Dugdale, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A knockout new thriller by John Woo."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"An engaging and at times sophisticated story of identity and behavior, wearing the leering face of a farcical action cartoon."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"Face/Off is a masterpiece equal to the action classics Seven Samurai, The Wild Bunch and The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Cage is good, Travolta is better. There is a glee to his performance, a sheer joy at playing two roles in one. He's having a rip-roaringly good time, and so are we."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"It's sick, slick and sensational."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie."
‑ Keith Simanton, Seattle Times
"What really makes Face/Off tick, what sells the movie more than anything else, are the dazzling performances from the two leading men."
‑ , Total Film
"[Woo] benefits from the dual performances of John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, who alternately glower and boogie their way through creepy material that would have been far beyond the reach of lesser stars."
‑ Dan Webster, Spokesman-Review (Washington)
"This is the ultimate Woo movie, but while his fans will enjoy every minute, others will find it too long, repetitive, and violent."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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