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Bunny Lake Is Missing

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)


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Based on the mystery novel by Marryam Modell (using the pseudonym Evelyn Piper), Bunny Lake Is Missing is a bizarre study in motherhood, kindness, enigma, and insanity. Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), an American freshly relocated to England, wishes to drop off her daughter Bunny for the girl's first day at a new nursery school. Oddly, Ann cannot locate any teachers or administrators, only the school's disgruntled cook (Lucie Mannheim). She is forced to leave Bunny unsupervised in the building's "first

Jan 25, 2005

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2) | DVD (4)

A middling thriller,

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The effect is stingingly poignant.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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...a promising thriller that slowly-but-surely wears out its welcome.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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One of Preminger's best films, this stylish psychological mystery-thriller is extremely well shot and well acted by Olivier, Carol Lynley and Keir Dulea.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A solid-but-frustratingly-tantalizing experience.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
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Somehow the unconvincing story is engrossing, as the marvelous supporting cast put it over... .

December 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Olivier is excellent as the analytical inspector, his easy-going grace a delightful contrast to the two stars.

October 23, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Artfully directed, professionally performed and just twisty enough to make viewers get lost in the overtly Hitchcockian trappings...

September 10, 2005

As disturbing as he's supposed to be, Wilson is also the film's uncanniest highlight.

July 29, 2005 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Preminger's well-constructed and suspenseful film in the Hitchcock tradition is worth watching for the performances, but alas the conclusion comes as something of a let down.

March 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Film4

Vintage mind-thrills in slinky, shadowy black and white.

January 24, 2005 Full Review Source:

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!!! SPOILER ALERT !!! This movie sucks.
January 11, 2008

Super Reviewer

Whenever I watch a good film and don't like it, I feel like I'm missing something. And this was one of those moments. Okay, not entirely true, I liked *parts* of it. The ending. Oh my god. Painful. I dunno. Mixed.
October 22, 2010
Jennifer D

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umm wtf? one of the most ridiculous 'thriller's i've seen. the americans were just embarrassing, especially in the final scene. olivier can do no wrong and noel coward was hilarious but otherwise i'm pretty sure i laughed at all the wrong parts. still entertaining in a perverse kind of way
January 11, 2008
Stella Dallas

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Great performances (namely Lawrence Olivier), incredible titles by Saul Bass and even better direction from Otto Preminger who delivers 25 of the most jarring final minutes (MUCH of which is owed to Fritz Lang) I've seen in a movie to date. Bunny Lake is Missing is an all-around creepy movie with everything from the brother/sister relationship, that landlord with that chihuahua to the secondary cast. It seemed to shift gears a lot and often made me wonder if they were going to go to the proverbial "there." I felt gypped when The Zombies were finally shown (I'm a big fan) and I truly despised the movie's score. Worth it for the ending, but be warned--this movie does take a while to get going.
December 23, 2007

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