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The Vanishing Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Too much of what is good about the original The Vanishing has been eviscerated. If you want quality, see the Dutch version; this one is a pale imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
May 17, 2004
The original was horrifying.
| Original Score: 1/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
September 17, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 12, 2007
Schematic and unconvincing.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Screenwriter Todd Graff] duplicates many of the original scenes (particularly the significant gas station ones), but does so mechanically. He jettisons most of the subtleties that made the first film so memorable.
Dragan Antulov
rec.arts.movies.reviews
September 13, 2002
The worst thing about this version of The Vanishing is the same thing that was best in the original -- the ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
February 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2006
| Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
The American remake of The Vanishing adds nothing but a happy ending to the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
February 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Where the original film was haunting and spooky and ultimately quite shocking, this version is more flat and matter-of-fact.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 17, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
May 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

Film4
June 14, 2009
Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 26, 2003
Truly creepy, but not as good as the original.
| Original Score: 3/5
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