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      The Man Without a Face

      PG-13 1993 1 hr. 54 min. Drama List
      67% 24 Reviews Tomatometer 64% 25,000+ Ratings Audience Score Young Chuck Norstadt (Nick Stahl) wants nothing more than to join a prestigious military academy like his late father, but he is wary of the school's lofty academic standards. With only a single summer in which to study for the entrance exam, Chuck finds an unlikely tutor in the form of Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson), a disfigured recluse who was once a teacher. McLeod agrees to teach Chuck, and the two form a deep friendship -- until Chuck learns of the secret behind McLeod's terrible scars. Read More Read Less

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      charles f A very good performance from Mel Gibson. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member An enjoyable directorial debut for Mel Gibson that had a solid story and good acting from the rest of the cast. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review steve d The acting is good but there isn't much here. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Nothing I can really take out of this to the real world except not to stare at people that look different from the norm, it makes them feel like shit. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/04/23 Full Review Audience Member Gibson's directorial debut is both touching and sad. It rises above being a melodrama with 2 great performances in the central roles. A film that will pleasantly surprise viewers. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review andrey k Nice directorial debut by Mel Gibson, very humane work. Nick Stahl is brilliant as the young boy longing for a father. Mel Gibson's McLeod is a disillusioned seclusive teacher with a great magnanimous heart. The film depicts true friendship between a man and a boy who help each other in their plight. A kind film. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Adrian Martin The Age (Australia) Gibson handles ably, if not imaginatively, this cross between a typical episode of The Wonder Years and a hothouse family melodrama in the vein of The Prince of Tides. Jul 27, 2023 Full Review David Ansen Newsweek 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. Mar 4, 2019 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly Rated: B- Sep 7, 2011 Full Review 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. Oct 9, 2019 Full Review Rich Cline Shadows on the Wall intriguing and involving Rated: 4/5 Apr 21, 2008 Full Review Cole Smithey ColeSmithey.com Rated: 4/5 Oct 27, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Young Chuck Norstadt (Nick Stahl) wants nothing more than to join a prestigious military academy like his late father, but he is wary of the school's lofty academic standards. With only a single summer in which to study for the entrance exam, Chuck finds an unlikely tutor in the form of Justin McLeod (Mel Gibson), a disfigured recluse who was once a teacher. McLeod agrees to teach Chuck, and the two form a deep friendship -- until Chuck learns of the secret behind McLeod's terrible scars.
      Director
      Mel Gibson
      Executive Producer
      Stephen McEveety
      Screenwriter
      Isabelle Holland, Malcolm MacRury
      Production Co
      Icon Entertainment International
      Rating
      PG-13
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 1, 2012
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $23.1M
      Sound Mix
      Surround
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)
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