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In Face/Off, Woo sweeps us away again, into a world of wild action, heroism, villainy and double faces that turn deadly.
Los Angeles Times:
It's difficult to describe the jolt his films deliver when [Woo]'s on, and he is on with a vengeance here.
Face/Off is a full-blooded, movie-going experience. It's 100 percent movie.
Wall Street Journal:
[A] gorgeously shot, repetitively violent, occasionally repellent, sometimes silly and consistently trashy fantasy.
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.
Face/Off makes bad movies look worse and makes the making of good movies look like the most thrilling work in the world.
You see what thickets this plot constructs; it's as if Travolta adds the spin courtesy of Cage's personality, while Cage mellows in the direction of Travolta.
Florid, passionate, frequently hilarious and loaded with messy emotions that nobody in his or her right mind should even attempt to explain, it's operatic in its nutball intensity.
A knockout new thriller by John Woo.
With Face/Off, John Woo, the Hong Kong auteur (The Killer, Hard Boiled), has made his smartest, wildest, positively Woo-siest American thriller.
Woo's poetic-kinetic style has evolved, if not to the point of abstraction, then to delirium: he makes a virtue of incredulity.
Watching John Travolta and Nicolas Cage square off and literally exchange roles brings back the old-fashioned pleasure of astutely judged movie star pairings in a major way.
Face/Off, John Woo's third Hollywood movie, is the maddest, most enjoyable blockbuster of the summer.
Almost indefensibly violent, the film is one of those whirligigs of wit, barbaric energy, blood spatters and firepower that will be adored by the morally retarded among us -- like me -- and loathed by the morally superior.