The Missing Reviews

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Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 4, 2003
Strange and rather beautiful, "The Missing" is a non-traditional Western with a supernatural spin.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 4, 2003
The rawest, scariest, most nerve-rattling saddlebags-and- sagebrush saga since Robert Mulligan's The Stalking Moon.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 4, 2003
Armed with his Beautiful Mind Oscar, Ron Howard stretches his wings with this attempt at a dark, wholly adult western. I just wish it was a more successful one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
December 3, 2003
it's The Searchers meets Dr. Phil as the move zig-zags between hardcore western and family melodrama.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
December 3, 2003
...the surface nastiness is a smokescreen for what lies beneath--a condescendingly multiculti Oprah-fied remake of The Searchers.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 2, 2003
Slow, dark and lacks suspense, but still worth watching for the wonderful performances by Blanchett and Jones, and for the striking New Mexico scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Nicolas Lacroix
EnPrimeur.ca
December 2, 2003
...va dans toutes les directions sans choisir de tracÚ clair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
December 2, 2003
Strong performances highlight this Ron Howard western.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 1, 2003
... a strange and haunting hybrid that's part Western, part supernatural thriller.
James Rocchi
Netflix
December 1, 2003
Ron Howard mingles The Searchers and Dances with Wolves to make a confounding, exasperating, Oscar-seeking failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 1, 2003
An exciting Western packed with frontier violence and starkly beautiful images.
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
December 1, 2003
If its sounds like dry praise to dote on Ron Howard's functional competence, it's not meant to be -- The Missing is a solid genre entry from America's quietest auteur.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Stephen Himes
Film Snobs
November 30, 2003
Tommy Lee Jones looks like he's been on a bender with Al Gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 30, 2003
The cast is uniformly terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 29, 2003
Ron Howard has constructed a film that - while dark and absent of sentimentality - works both as a gripping Western and a perceptive observation of troubled relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: 78/100
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 29, 2003
The Missing may not be a standout western for modern day audiences, but it is undoubtedly a step in the right direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
November 29, 2003
Longer and grander than it needs to be, but still worth seeing for its fine performances.
Robert Wilonsky
Dallas Observer
November 29, 2003
It may leave you with this terribly icky feeling that what you're watching is no more enlightened than the Westerns of the '40s and '50s.
Top Critic
Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 29, 2003
The Missing is holiday entertainment for anyone who likes either a dollop of feminist uplift or family values (or both!) with their bloodletting.
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
November 28, 2003
Blanchett is superb again. To go from Queen Elizabeth I to this flint-spirited pioneer is a long bow she bends to her talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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