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The Clearing Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 28, 2010
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
I just expected a lot more in the end, and really just didn't get it with a routine script, bland plot, and an ending that was too sudden to be accepted.
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 17, 2005
It's pretty bland, even though the trailer would lead you to believe otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2005
...a very good thriller that could've (and should've) been a great one...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
December 31, 2004
[Mirren, Redford, and Dafoe] cannot get a fire going in this cliché-soggy kindling.
| Original Score: 2/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 26, 2004
Lo que mantiene el interés es el cada vez más impredecible comportamiento de la esposa, animada además por una estupenda Helen Mirren (la mejor intérprete de la película).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
November 22, 2004
Há dois bons filmes em Refém de uma Vida, mas estes se enfraquecem mutuamente em função da estrutura narrativa adotada pelo cineasta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
November 14, 2004
The first 10 minutes are promising, but then the film, a wannabe thriller, loses steam
Full Review | Original Score: C
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 7, 2004
...may not be the most exciting or well-focused drama of the year, but it manages to engage our intellect most of the time and keep us guessing well up to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 10, 2004
A haunting film about the evil that men do.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2004
European sensibility controls The Clearing, a fact that might frustrate American moviegoers who arrive expecting something more flashy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 10, 2004
The Clearing is what it sounds like: stripped of ornamentation, undeluded about its subjects, lucid about the limits of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Rex Roberts
Film Journal International
August 8, 2004
Talky and mawkish.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow rising above the vulgar pleasures of excitement.
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
July 31, 2004
What should make for a taut, suspenseful thriller drowns in an ocean of verbiage.
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Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 28, 2004
[I]t remains a mystery why anyone thought that this was a story that needed to be told, or who they thought would be engaged by the problems of these bland, distant people.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
July 21, 2004
There's no urgency in the execution and no point to the resolution -- all in all, a major disappointment for those seeking cinematic sanctuary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2004
By the time The Clearing was over, my single greatest feeling was: Why did anyone want to make this movie?
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 21, 2004
Man, aren't WASPs boring? The movie's simply not deep enough to be an art film, and nowhere near entertaining enough to pass itself off as a satisfying thriller.
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Christopher Zinsli
Film Threat
July 20, 2004
An enterprising but ultimately unsatisfying exercise that promises quite a lot, but delivers very little.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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