F/X (1986)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 7, 1986
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 86% 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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It looks dated and shoddy now, never taking itself as seriously as the darker sequel.

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Time Out

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

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

[A] first-rate thriller. Robert Mandel directs with a winning energy, never getting too slick, but remaining interested in the human angle.

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TV Guide

A competent and unpretentious entertainment.

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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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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

While this sleeper hit will doubtless continue to play best for those of us who knew it back when, it should still effectively engage all but the most cynical of today's seen-it-all film fans.

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Steve Crum
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% 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
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.
Aj V
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.
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
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
Stuart Brooks
Good Film