Face/Off (1997)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 27, 1997
DVD Release Date: October 6, 1998
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play cat-and-mouse (and literally play each other) against a beautifully stylized backdrop of typically elegant, over-the-top John Woo violence.

Paul Tatara

I won't pretend that I completely enjoyed it, but it certainly has a few elements that I've never seen before. Action aficionados will undoubtedly slobber all over themselves.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

It's sick, slick and sensational.

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Fred Topel
We Live Entertainment

Everyone remembers Face/Off had awesome action and great performances but those weren't even the film's strongest asset. What makes Face/Off a profound film is how both Sean Archer and Castor Troy adapted to each other's lives.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.

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Michael Ollove
Baltimore Sun

Face/Off is a giant step for a filmmaker known more for action sequences than psychological insight.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

For all its fiery explosions, Face/Off just kind of implodes.

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David Edelstein

A knockout new thriller by John Woo.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

An engaging and at times sophisticated story of identity and behavior, wearing the leering face of a farcical action cartoon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
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Naveen Krishnasamy
I was far too young to fully appreciate this movie when it came out, but I remember my father and uncle continually raving about it, claiming it to be the best… More
Christian C
This film might have been better if done with today's CGI. But then again, maybe not. The story's kinda foolish and no amount of modern technology… More
Joe McCall
The beginning of the downfall of both Nick Cage and Travolta.
"<b>Face/Off</b> is one of my all time favorite thriller/action movies. Travolta and Cage have great chemistry and I would really like to see… More
Graham Jones
Another Woo masterwork but this time the action he is known for best is overshadowed by the brilliant acting of the two leads. This is what a action should… More