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Spoorloos (The Vanishing) Reviews

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October 19, 2016
A superb, spine-tingling achievement in suspense cinema.

TV Guide
October 19, 2016
Through some fiendish alchemy, The Vanishing manages to scare people out of their wits more effectively than a legion of better-known horror films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
October 19, 2016
Sluizer inexorably and expertly draws us deeper into the mystery, exposing our own morbid curiosity in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
October 19, 2016
The Vanishing is about the power of the mind to propel its subjects along unbelievable trajectories, into risks beyond knowing, in a quest for the most disturbing of knowledge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Michael Wilmington
Los Angeles Times
October 19, 2016
The appalling, horrific climax of The Vanishing will haunt your mind long after this film is over.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
October 19, 2016
It's a film that functions on curiosity rather than real interest (given the fact that the characters are thinly drawn and largely unsympathetic), yet in the end punishes the audience for wanting to have its questions answered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Melin
November 22, 2014
Sluizer adapted the film, but he takes a more non-linear approach than the book, which heightens the story at strategic moments to build suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Noel Murray
The Dissolve
October 27, 2014
The explanation is so darkly compelling-and ultimately so chilling-that The Vanishing has earned its reputation as one of the scariest non-horror movies ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Cole Smithey
June 4, 2014
[VIDEO ESSAY] George Sluizer's spellbinding adaptation of Tim Krabbé's horror novella "The Golden Egg" is such an expertly layered suspense thriller than it serves as a textbook archetype of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Rob Gonsalves
October 8, 2009
Worthy of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Mark Kermode
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Sluizer's direction is seamless throughout, effortlessly juggling domesticity and damnation as it ploughs inexorably towards an appaling dénouement.
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Exquisitely creepy.
| Original Score: 5/5
Gabe Leibowitz
September 21, 2005
Somewhat erie and efficient, but never really gets under your skin.
| Original Score: 3/5
Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
June 17, 2005
A masterpiece of psychological horror
| Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
Brilliant, unforgettable Dutch/French suspense flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum
June 9, 2004
An intense thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
Luanne Brown
Chico Enterprise-Record
April 18, 2004
Too, too chilling...
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 18, 2004
A potent, haunting, and impressively nuanced thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
January 9, 2004
Banality has never been so harrowing.
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Sluizer, whose direction has the spooky precision of nonfiction crime writing and whose matter-of-factness makes the characters seem quite real, builds a disturbing horror story from seemingly modest beginnings.
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