(1998)

Critic Reviews

61

Metascore

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78
Austin Chronicle
A slam-bang, sci-fi actioner, relentlessly paced and edited, with a pounding soundtrack and some ingenious aliens courtesy of Berni Wrightson and KNB Effects.
75
Sly and very savvy.
75
New York Daily News
This alien high school sci-fi tale has clever wit, clever FX.
70
It looks like Williamson threw five old scripts in the air and Rodriguez shot the first 90 pages he picked up. I'd like a little more meat on my burger because all I can taste is the cheese.
58
Entertainment Weekly
In a strange way the Williamson of "Dawson's Creek" is now at odds with the sophisticated joker who wrote "Scream."
50
Chicago Tribune
All the young actors, especially Joshua Hartnett as the misunderstood drug dealer, deliver fine performances in their diverse group, which forms a kind of horror film equivalent of "The Breakfast Club." [25 Dec 1998]
50
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A lazy and mediocre movie, a sort of tepid parody blend of "The Breakfast Club" and "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."
50
The Faculty deserves a week of detention, not so much for missing the point as for blunting it.
50
Exactly the kind of sporadically clever, button-pushing fright-fest that keeps genre fans hanging on until something more fulfilling comes along.
38
ReelViews
One could easily argue that, like many Ed Wood-type bad movies, The Faculty might be headed for the cult classic shelf in the video store. Unfortunately, it's not campy enough, and, worse, it seems to think it's being hip when it's just being dumb.
25
Christian Science Monitor
Creepy.

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