Disappearances Reviews

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Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
May 1, 2008
It's an ambitious work and shouldn't be too readily dismissed for its semi-successful foray into spirit-land. There is much else to enjoy and a wonderful terrain to discover.
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
June 8, 2007
There's a special Boy Scout charm to it all that I was enchanted with.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 7, 2007
The movie has a literary quality, and not just because everyone's always quoting Shakespeare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 7, 2007
A marvelous, subtly crafted elegy to a bygone era that balances its scenes of violence and gunplay with laconic humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
June 6, 2007
Labored, a bit of backwoods magical realism that wants to soar but never takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 14, 2007
Magic realism is a tricky thing to pull off in a movie, and Disappearances, the third of Mr. Craven's films based on Mr. Mosher's novels, only occasionally succeeds.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 11, 2007
Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2007
The beautifully photographed Disappearances is solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
May 11, 2007
The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
May 10, 2007
If you're one of those people (like this reviewer) who can watch Kris Kristofferson do just about anything, you won't insist on the references being that solid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Beer
Time Out
May 10, 2007
Alas, the story descends into mystical mumbo jumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2007
Craven layers the film's central narrative concerns with mounds of metaphorical gunk, most of which proves more ponderous than entrancing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
May 4, 2007
Though set in Vermont in the 1930s, this has the feel of a Western -- one with mystical overtones -- and provides a great role for Kris Kristofferson, who's looking well weathered these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 27, 2007
Jay Craven's stilted adaptation of a novel by Howard Frank Mosher lacks the urgency, the poetry, or the feeling for period that might have brought the material to life, while the cast seems to be largely squandered.
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
April 27, 2007
This scenic adventure is too fussy with metaphysical lore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
April 26, 2007
Shot for only $1.7 million, but it's a thoroughly entertaining, first-class job in every way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 14, 2007
The story might sound fine on paper, but it didn't quite work out that well when filmed.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
February 2, 2007
An utterly earnest, likable enough family-focused action-adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
November 14, 2006
A frontier spirit and a strong connection to the landscape inform the piece, which aims not to wow but to immerse the viewer in a mystical, hardscrabble, bygone world.
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 9, 2006
A stirringly acted frontier tale, infused with bewildering magical-realist touches that may prove trying to viewers less attuned to its visual pleasures.
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