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Faces is right: this definitive John Cassavetes film consists almost exclusively of tight, uncomfortable close-ups. It takes place in the fourteenth year of the marriage of Richard (John Marley) and Maria (Lynn Carlin). Neither husband nor wife is content with the conditions that prevail; Maria joins her friends looking for romantic satisfaction elsewhere, while Richard secures the services of a prostitute (Gena Rowlands). Maria herself has a one-night stand with a hippie (Seymour Cassel), but this is no more satisfying than her dead-end marriage. If you think that Faces is an exhausting… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Faces is the sort of film that makes you want to grab people by the neck and drag them into the theater and shout: 'Here!'"
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Along with A Woman Under the Influence, Cassavetes' most popular movie among critics, art-house audiences and Academy members."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"Drags its realism along like an overblown drunk tooting his own horn."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The second half is very good"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"John Marley and Lynn Carlin play the conflicted couple with a raw emotional reality that is uncomfortable to watch and impossible to forget."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Cassavetes was interested in actors and their freak-show intensities, and their performances give his films a hyper-real quality."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
"Though it is sometimes a tedious viewing experience, its improvisational and documentary techniques are rewarding."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"More than one moviegoer has found Cassavetes' films far too bleak to sit through voluntarily. But others feel quite the opposite, as his insights are important and this film is skilfully made."
‑ Elspeth Haughton, Apollo Guide
"The movie is very blunt and relentless, sometimes redundant, at moments nearly unintelligible, but the entire effect is as of a high-strung, very bright documentary about the way things are."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Cutting through cinematic fakery, Cassavetes scalps the marriage and its extended, often dysfunctional relationships"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"Cassavetes depicts marital problems with harsh, uncompromising realism and hand-held camera. The movie may be overlong and excessive, but it's always honest. ."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"[A] rambling and ultimately uninspired film, intentionally made to look cheap and lacking in much resolution."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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