(2002)

Critic Reviews

50

Metascore

Based on 12 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Entertainment Weekly
Face becomes a study of the immigrant embrace of freedom in America - a bridge built over time and generations.
63
New York Post
Engaging, if sometimes obvious.
60
The New York Times
The director's attention to details of character and locale makes for a precise evocation of a New York seldom seen in feature films.
60
Hard-headed to the end, the three women in Face prove that if nothing else, stubborness and inflexibilty run in the family.
50
New York Daily News
Good acting and dull dialogue.
50
Well made, nice performances, very slowly paced.
50
Though the clash between old-world parents and their American-born children is familiar territory, New Jersey-born, Taiwan-raised director/cowriter Bay-Sa Pan gives the conflict a culturally particular spin and elicits strong performances from her appealing cast.
50
Only at the end, when one of the principals makes a decision you don't see coming, does Face fleetingly weigh in as a movie you haven't seen a thousand times before at ethnically correct film festivals.
50
The A.V. Club
Well-intentioned but muddled, Face groans under the weight of its earnest ambition.
50
Never really finds a fresh groove.

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