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By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

'90s sci-fi crime thriller is extremely violent.

Movie R 1997 138 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

So Much Fun

A handful of bloody kills, still not very graphic. Psot surgery skinless faces. Sad death of a child in beginning is important to story. Creepy scene of a man in guise of another perving his daughter. Soem raunchy sex references A man drinks water with amphetamines in it. About 25 f words. Naked cartoon boobs on a bomb screen. Easily John Woo's best Hollywood movie. Plot is dumb but it suspends disbelief enough with the thrills more than compensating.Tho definitely not on the level of The Killer or Hard Boiled.
age 12+


The film is basically one of those films that you have to watch more than once. Some bloody shootouts but not graphic

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Face/Off is a uniquely awkward blend of sensationally violent action, hokey attempts at symbolism and drama, and dark humor. The film alternates so rapidly between earnest attempts to elicit emotion and crazed over-the-top acting and dialogue that it's impossible to know whether one should laugh at how contrived this film is or accept it as an action extravaganza aware of its own absurdity.

This ambiguity is less the fault of the actors (Travolta and Cage do a fine job of playing with the audience's expectations of their characters) than it is of action director John Woo. Subtlety isn't Woo's forte. His obsessive use of slow motion and clumsy, blatant symbolism turn what could have been an intriguing inquiry into identity into a ham-handed attempt at profundity and poignancy. His fetishistic treatment of gunfights that are expertly choreographed and highly stylized makes for the more spectacular and enjoyable moments of the movie. Still, the movie is not recommended for anyone under 17.

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