F/X (1986)

Special effects master Rollie Tyler is asked to fake a maffia hit for the Justice Department but things go wrong as he's double-crossed and framed for murder. Using the tools of his trade, Rollie keeps himself alive and pulls a… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

As contrived and plot-hole ridden as it is, F/X still works quite effectively as a crowd-pleasing popcorn picture.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The irony of F/X, which is a very good thriller indeed, is that it avoids the pitfall of so many thrillers; it doesn't degenerate into a mindless display of special effects.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Fun cat and mouse mystery-adventure with fun special effects angle.

Time Out

The action sequences are efficiently handled, but look elsewhere for psychological or emotional insight.

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It looks dated and shoddy now, never taking itself as seriously as the darker sequel.

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Chuck O'Leary

A clever, lightning-paced thriller about a Tom Savini-style special effects artist who becomes a pawn in the scheme of some rogue government agents. A surprise modest hit in 1986.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

The film is as much a demonstration of various kinds of special effects as it is about them.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A competent and unpretentious entertainment.

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Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

A well-respected thriller; its coldness left me out.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
familiar stranger
The movie starts well enough, and the make-belief story didn't make me uncomfortable enough to enjoy the strategy making process!! The humor played a… More
Lady D'arbanville
This one is an easy watching, layed back and don't think about it too much type of film. I think Bryan Brown has great character about and most definitely… More
AJ Verser
An okay action thriller movie, I saw it a long time ago on TV, so maybe I should see it again, but I wasn't too impressed with it the first time.
Lafe Fredbjornson
Cool concept for a movie. I like the insight into how some of the movie effects are created. There are some nice plot developments here.
Anthony Lawrie
An old favourite
xGary Xx
An SFX expert is duped into committing murder, and has to use all his skills to bring the real criminals to justice in a workmanlike thriller that looks as… More