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The Missing Reviews

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
November 26, 2003
Howard is all craft and no emotion, making his movie less like a western than a reenactment of a western.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 26, 2003
If only it didn't waste so much time employing all the classic sounds, images, characterizations and motivations in its efforts to pretend to be a Western.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 26, 2003
It's such a preposterous setup that I was always aware of the plot chugging away, and the logistics of the chase defy all common sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 26, 2003
It is willing to attempt some thematic complexity and it has reliably solid performances. But it does not address its themes with enough depth to justify its darkness.
| Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
A disappointment; relentlessly bleak and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Rocchi
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
Scott Weinberg
June 12, 2006
Basically, The Missing is Ron Howard's John Ford impersonation, and the end result is as strangely schizophrenic as it sounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 27, 2003
A movie is only as good as its villain, so they say, and the new film The Missing has a particularly lousy one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
November 24, 2003
Could have worked as a psychological thriller, but it plays its hand too early and too often.
| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
November 25, 2003
What could have and should have been a tight, suspenseful action drama... is instead overlong, loopy, and unsure of itself.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 26, 2003
After 130 minutes on the trail, all that I saw was an ending that Roy Rogers could live with--and his westerns were about half as long and far less pretentious.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
November 26, 2003
A mixed-genre mutt that cribs liberally from John Ford to fashion a tale of families battling the elements, the frontier, and each other.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
June 26, 2006
Uma boa fotografia e atuações competentes (especialmente da pequena Boyd) não são o bastante para que ignoremos o roteiro longo e sem foco que, além de investir em um deslocado tom sobrenatural, ainda conta um desfecho fraquíssimo.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 19, 2003
What's missing in The Missing -- despite throwing in The Everything, from magic trinkets to group hugs -- is soul.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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John Anderson
November 25, 2003
Although based on a novel, Thomas Eidson's The Last Ride, the story feels stretched to the snapping point and is certainly unfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
November 25, 2003
However bogged down by predictable story rhythms, banally assembled shoot-outs, and climactic mano a mano, The Missing has an acidic period tone, a respect for the reality of violence, and a refreshing dearth of superhuman heroics and easy triumph.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
November 25, 2003
Apparently the only thing tougher than endurance on the frontier is sitting through a movie about endurance on the frontier -- at least that is the point The Missing seems determined to make.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
November 28, 2003
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Cynthia Fuchs
December 5, 2003
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
March 1, 2004
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 29, 2003

Boston Phoenix
December 2, 2003

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