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Spoorloos (The Vanishing) Reviews

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Top Critic
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 7, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The movie advances in a tantalizing fashion, supplying information obliquely, suggesting as much as it tells, and everything leads up to a climax that is as horrifying as it is probably inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
February 11, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 1, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
October 8, 2009
Worthy of Hitchcock.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 10, 2005
Exquisitely creepy.
| Original Score: 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+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 1, 2004
Brilliant, unforgettable Dutch/French suspense flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 1, 2002
It is a superbly done suspense yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Director George Sluizer unfolds his story with non-hysterical -- but nonetheless unnerving -- precision. Vanishing is refreshingly free of manipulative scenes involving running bath water, jagged-edge cutlery and bunnies in the saucepan.
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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.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Creates one of the most frightening movie monsters in recent history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Rentschler
January 15, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine
July 29, 2007
| Original Score: 4/5
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