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The Missing Person Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2009
The film's second half appears primed to tread some interesting existential territory, but Buschel seems confused about what direction he means to take his material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Todd McCarthy
February 6, 2009
A drab, pale-looking affair without a trace of visual style, this cross-country pursuit yarn fights a losing battle to sustain viewer attention via narrative alone, so much does it flounder for lack of imagistic flair.
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
All of which is well and artsy, but doesn't diminish the sense, once the mystery has untangled, that the film has been gesturing toward a profundity that isn't there.
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
November 20, 2009
The moments that do undeniably work are overshadowed by a general feeling that the film just isn't quite clicking the way it could or should have, amplified by a final act that simply gets away from everyone involved.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
December 18, 2009
The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Chris Cabin
November 19, 2009
neither the existential 70s crime thriller it wants to be nor the apocalyptic fever dream it could have been
| Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
November 30, 2009
Michael Shannon is a handsome kook whose turns in Revolutionary Road, Bug and this have earmarked him to be the next Jack Nicholson (or at least the next Christopher Walken)
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
November 19, 2009
Shannon's performance takes The Missing Person as far as it goes, but when a real-world tragedy commandeers the story, Buschel's thin pastiche falls to pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Adam Lippe
November 22, 2009
Shannon's complete performance, he moves like The Elephant Man and enunciates like Mickey Rourke, allows Buschel to drift into David Lynch territory without getting drowned in it.
James Rocchi
November 29, 2009
The Missing Person isn't merely a clever, cool spin on the classic private eye story, but it also works as a private eye story. It showcases a lurching, hunched, quietly lived-in performance by Shannon but offers more than just that performance. ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Karina Longworth
December 2, 2009
It's beautiful dread.
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
November 18, 2009
Though Ryan Samul's textured cinematography makes the stubble and shadows seem nearly 3-D, the story chokes on a dull twist from Rosow's past.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Peikert
New York Press
November 24, 2009
Why has The Missing Person persisted in staying with me, even though I started craving The Big Sleep halfway through?
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2009
"So you make jokes and smoke cigarettes," a lady in the murk summarizes. Yeah. Isn't that enough?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 25, 2009
Most of it is admittedly a lot of fun, especially when the characters come out intriguingly sideways.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Pais
November 19, 2009
A reasonable approximation of the style, capturing Shannon at his most coolly insular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 2, 2009
Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition to tell a story of disorientation and loss in a post-9/11 world where the Twin Towers can go missing too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
December 7, 2009
Michael Shannon adds another stunning performance to his resume with this small-scale neo-noir by writer/director Noah Buschel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
November 20, 2009
Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible, its omnipresent anxiety like a musical chord that neither rises nor falls.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 25, 2009
There's a pretty good film if you give writer-director Noah Buschel a chance. The 31-year-old crafts a convincing noir tale, with a sense of realism that makes the experience pleasingly voyeuristic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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