Craven layers the film's central narrative concerns with mounds of metaphorical gunk, most of which proves more ponderous than entrancing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
Alas, the story descends into mystical mumbo jumbo.
| Original Score: 3/6
The story might sound fine on paper, but it didn't quite work out that well when filmed.
| Original Score: C
The film is lovely to look at, but makes not a lick of sense.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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
This scenic adventure is too fussy with metaphysical lore.
Craven never quite manages to make it all seem a smoothly integrated piece.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Labored, a bit of backwoods magical realism that wants to soar but never takes off.
| Original Score: C-
The movie has a literary quality, and not just because everyone's always quoting Shakespeare.
| Original Score: 3/4
There's a special Boy Scout charm to it all that I was enchanted with.
| Original Score: B-
An utterly earnest, likable enough family-focused action-adventure.
Shot for only $1.7 million, but it's a thoroughly entertaining, first-class job in every way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
The beautifully photographed Disappearances is solidly old-fashioned entertainment.
A stirringly acted frontier tale, infused with bewildering magical-realist touches that may prove trying to viewers less attuned to its visual pleasures.
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.
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.
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.