The Missing Person Reviews

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Mike Hale
New York Times
March 15, 2012
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2009
There's a pretty good film if you give writer-director Noah Buschel a chance. The 31-year-old crafts a convincing noir tale, with a sense of realism that makes the experience pleasingly voyeuristic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 18, 2009
The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2009
Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition to tell a story of disorientation and loss in a post-9/11 world where the Twin Towers can go missing too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 1, 2009
It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 20, 2009
Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible, its omnipresent anxiety like a musical chord that neither rises nor falls.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2009
"So you make jokes and smoke cigarettes," a lady in the murk summarizes. Yeah. Isn't that enough?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 19, 2009
Shannon's performance takes The Missing Person as far as it goes, but when a real-world tragedy commandeers the story, Buschel's thin pastiche falls to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 18, 2009
Though Ryan Samul's textured cinematography makes the stubble and shadows seem nearly 3-D, the story chokes on a dull twist from Rosow's past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
All of which is well and artsy, but doesn't diminish the sense, once the mystery has untangled, that the film has been gesturing toward a profundity that isn't there.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
February 6, 2009
A drab, pale-looking affair without a trace of visual style, this cross-country pursuit yarn fights a losing battle to sustain viewer attention via narrative alone, so much does it flounder for lack of imagistic flair.