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Disappearances Reviews

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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

Craven layers the film's central narrative concerns with mounds of metaphorical gunk, most of which proves more ponderous than entrancing.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

May 8, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 27, 2007
Tom Beer
Time Out New York
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Alas, the story descends into mystical mumbo jumbo.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

May 10, 2007
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The story might sound fine on paper, but it didn't quite work out that well when filmed.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: C

April 14, 2007
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 11, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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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

May 14, 2007
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
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This scenic adventure is too fussy with metaphysical lore.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 11, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Labored, a bit of backwoods magical realism that wants to soar but never takes off.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

June 6, 2007

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: C-

June 16, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The movie has a literary quality, and not just because everyone's always quoting Shakespeare.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2007
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com

There's a special Boy Scout charm to it all that I was enchanted with.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: B-

June 8, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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An utterly earnest, likable enough family-focused action-adventure.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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Shot for only $1.7 million, but it's a thoroughly entertaining, first-class job in every way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 26, 2007
John Anderson
Newsday
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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 Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 10, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The beautifully photographed Disappearances is solidly old-fashioned entertainment.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2007
Justin Chang
Variety
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A stirringly acted frontier tale, infused with bewildering magical-realist touches that may prove trying to viewers less attuned to its visual pleasures.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 9, 2006
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Urban Cinefile

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.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 1, 2008
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

November 14, 2006
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2007

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
August 11, 2007
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