The Man Without a Face
The Man Without a Face (1993)

Mel Gibson made his feature film directing debut with this drama, loosely based on the book by Isabel Holland, which combines elements from The Elephant Man, Mask, Scent of a Woman, and The Karate Kid in a study of the capacity for human… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: August 25, 1993
DVD Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Ansen

The Man Without a Face is such a noble, well-intentioned little film that one feels like an ogre picking on it. Alternately poky and melodramatic--and occasionally witty and insightful--the uneven screenplay too often strains credibility.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

intriguing and involving

Scott Weinberg

Watchable weepie about the importance of books vs. covers.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is Gibson's debut as a director, and shows him not only with a good visual sense, but with what is even rarer, the confidence to know what needs to be told and what can be left unsaid.

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Caffeinated Clint

One of the best movies of Gibson's career

Chris Hicks
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

Mel Gibson does himself proud with the imperfect but noble, and ultimately satisfying Man Without a Face.

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Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine

Stahl carries the film, with a fine performance balanced on the preadolescent cusp of spontaneity and craft. Once again, the story is about coming of age. Growing up, it seems, never goes out of fashion.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality & Practice

Offers a glimpse of grace as two individuals restore each other's souls with gifts of trust and love

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Two outsiders of society, one a boy thought stupid and the other a burn victim with a criminal record, encourage each other and find reasons to persevere in a… More
Jason Owens
"Man Without a Face" is one of the very few Mel Gibson movies that you don't ever hear all that much about. That's a huge mystery to me… More
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Mel Gibson's directorial debut deals with a familiar territory we have seen in many films - A deformed reclusive befriending a young boy, believing that… More
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This is a brilliant directional debut for mel gibson and hes gone from strength to strength with making excellant movies such as passion of the christ and… More
Wahida K
This Awesome piece from Mel Gibson factory made me watch it several times.
Dean McKenna
Excellent touching drama in Mel Gibson's debut directing film about a 12-year-old boy who dreams of attending a prestigius military academy with his help… More