The Clearing? It's more like The Obscuring.
It's watchable only if you don't mind that there isn't a shock, a surprise or a message in its 91 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/5
The benefits of seeing this movie may not be worth the patience necessary to get through it.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Why would such a murky movie be called "The Clearing?"
| Original Score: C+
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.
Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction.
Brugge bobbles the attempt to tell two stories -- the marital-discontent one and the crime drama -- at once.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
A character-driven suspenser that engages the mind more than the emotions, but neither grippingly.
One of those movies that inspires a, 'what were they thinking?' response.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
They all look good, and they carefully recite their dialogue, but not one of them is alive. Or worth caring about.
What should make for a taut, suspenseful thriller drowns in an ocean of verbiage.
Well acted, with an accumulative sense of novelistic detail, but it doesn't quite fully connect.
| Original Score: C
Without [Mirren's] performance, it would be easy to mistake The Clearing, with its predictable story development, for a Lifetime movie of the week.
| Original Score: 2.25/5
A thriller nearly devoid of thrills...Despite having great actors and a beautiful visual sensibility, The Clearing offers no foundation to wrap them around.
| Original Score: C-
Mirren gives a virtual one-woman performance
| Original Score: C+
[I]t all falls apart at the last minute, the script winding down into a woefully underwritten ending that leaves [the] veteran cast scrambling for purchase.
A motley mix of a film - police procedural, violent thriller, and suburban marital angst - that ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
| Original Score: 67/100
Há dois bons filmes em Refém de uma Vida, mas estes se enfraquecem mutuamente em função da estrutura narrativa adotada pelo cineasta.
| Original Score: 3/5
A precise, chilly brand of filmmaking that's hard to warm up to.