Spoorloos (The Vanishing) Reviews

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Eric Melin
November 22, 2014
Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
October 27, 2014
The explanation is so darkly compelling-and ultimately so chilling-that The Vanishing has earned its reputation as one of the scariest non-horror movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
June 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] George Sluizer's spellbinding adaptation of Tim Krabbé's horror novella "The Golden Egg" is such an expertly layered suspense thriller than it serves as a textbook archetype of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rob Gonsalves
October 8, 2009
Worthy of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
Sluizer's direction is seamless throughout, effortlessly juggling domesticity and damnation as it ploughs inexorably towards an appaling dénouement.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Exquisitely creepy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
September 21, 2005
Somewhat erie and efficient, but never really gets under your skin.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 17, 2005
A masterpiece of psychological horror
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
Brilliant, unforgettable Dutch/French suspense flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 9, 2004
An intense thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record
April 18, 2004
Too, too chilling...
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 18, 2004
A potent, haunting, and impressively nuanced thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 9, 2004
Banality has never been so harrowing.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Sluizer, whose direction has the spooky precision of nonfiction crime writing and whose matter-of-factness makes the characters seem quite real, builds a disturbing horror story from seemingly modest beginnings.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 1, 2002
Okay, but wildly overrated and predictable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 1, 2002
It is a superbly done suspense yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Creates one of the most frightening movie monsters in recent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
October 16, 2001
doesn't defy rationality, but rather turns rationality itself into an instrument of horror
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Utterly original, a wonderful little foreign-language gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director George Sluizer unfolds his story with non-hysterical -- but nonetheless unnerving -- precision. Vanishing is refreshingly free of manipulative scenes involving running bath water, jagged-edge cutlery and bunnies in the saucepan.
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