Spoorloos (The Vanishing) Reviews

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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.
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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
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A brilliantly crafted intellectual thriller with a spring like a trap. It carries you down with it.
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie advances in a tantalizing fashion, supplying information obliquely, suggesting as much as it tells, and everything leads up to a climax that is as horrifying as it is probably inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4