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Pablo Villaša
Cinema em Cena
November 15, 2016
Still relevant 34 years after its release and 43 years after the events it depicts. [Full review in Portuguese.]
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
October 25, 2012
Graphic portrayal of dictatorship's abuses is unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 31, 2011
A powerful, influential and tense political thriller based on a true story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 29, 2009
A story that could have made for a brisk jeremiad on 60 Minutes is stretched to 122 minutes of heroes fuming and villains purring their oleaginous apologies. Spacek and Lemmon, an appealing sweet-and-sour combo, sink in the swamp of good intentions.

TV Guide
March 29, 2009
Though Costa-Gavras clearly has a political axe to grind, he manages to do so without haranguing the viewer, keeping the film's focus on his characters and masterfully building tension as the story moves toward its stinging resolution.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Lemmon is superior as a man facing up to issues he never wanted to confront personally.
Christopher Null
December 23, 2008
engrossing, fascinating, and endlessly tragic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 24, 2008
Lemmon and Spacek are the film's highlight... It's a winning formula, and it's too bad that there isn't more of it.
Emanuel Levy
June 12, 2007
In Costa-Gavras's fact-inspired political melodrama, Jack Lemmon gives one of his strongest performances as a naive, conservative American who gets rude political awakening when his leftist son is executed with the tacit knowledge of the US government
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 20, 2006
Time has not only been kind to the film, but has, -- unfortunately -- made it relevant all over again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Spacek and Lemmon are fine as the missing man's wife and father, but what makes the film so overwhelming in places is its unending night-time imagery of a society coming apart at the seams.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
March 21, 2005
Terrific work from Lemmon and Spacek highlights Costa Gavras' American debut.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
This movie might have really been powerful, if it could have gotten out of its own way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
May 22, 2004
A gutsy, surprising piece of work, a bold political tract that doubles proficiently as an interpersonal drama.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
June 14, 2003
Some tragic and disturbing films stick with you, long after you've seen them, filling you with dread and a wish that they don't represent real life.
| Original Score: 86/100

May 24, 2003
Lemmon temporarily abandons the comic performances that made his name to deliver a tour-de-force of considerable power...
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Among other things Missing does is to convince you that, next time, you're not going to waste your vote. The passive citizen is the citizen-victim.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
April 17, 2003
Terrific, brutal political thriller -- boy, they don't make them like this anymore.
| Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 29, 2002
"designed to shake you up, and it succeeds"
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2002
Costa-Gavras's emotionally riveting and thought-provoking 1982 film still has the power to shake viewers out of their indifference to Latin America.
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