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A man who simulates death for a living finds himself unwittingly tied into the real thing in this New York-based suspense drama. Special-effects man Rollie Tyler (Bryan Brown) makes his living simulating gory mayhem and photogenic violence for movies such as "I Dismember Mama." Tyler is given a chance to expand his professional horizons when he's approached by Lipton (Cliff De Young), who introduces himself as an FBI agent and makes an unusual proposal. Mob kingpin Nicholas DeFranco (Jerry Orbach) is willing to testify against his fellow gangsters, but the investigators are… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As contrived and plot-hole ridden as it is, F/X still works quite effectively as a crowd-pleasing popcorn picture."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Fun cat and mouse mystery-adventure with fun special effects angle."
‑ Steve Crum, Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers
"A fun, clever little thriller."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"Brown is not the most charismatic of actors, but it's a classic one-man-against-a-world-of-evil set-up so it's easy to cheer for Rollie as he creatively finds ways to make mincemeat of the bad guys."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"The action sequences are efficiently handled, but look elsewhere for psychological or emotional insight."
‑ , Time Out
"It looks dated and shoddy now, never taking itself as seriously as the darker sequel."
‑ , Film4
"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."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, FulvueDrive-in.com
"Hollywood magic thriller offers popcorn pleasure."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"...a capable, old-style adventure film with a good cast and an assortment of sly plot surprises."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The film is as much a demonstration of various kinds of special effects as it is about them."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A competent and unpretentious entertainment."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A well-respected thriller; its coldness left me out."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"Fun little cable-time thriller, especially for the movie geeks!"
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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