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June 14, 2009
Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 29, 2008
...a thoroughly involving thriller that boasts a number of genuinely tense sequences...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
August 12, 2007
Schematic and unconvincing.
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 5, 2005
Sutherland is the key to the proceedings and his intense, narrow-minded, obsessive search for his ex-girlfriend is what kept me going most of the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
September 5, 2004
Often stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its forerunner--or is at the very least too provocative in its departures to dismiss out of hand
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victoria Alexander
May 17, 2004
The original was horrifying.
| Original Score: 1/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
November 26, 2003
Truly creepy, but not as good as the original.
| Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Sluizer's Americanized remake of his own film is more commercial, but, to me, also more appealing.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dragan Antulov
September 13, 2002
The worst thing about this version of The Vanishing is the same thing that was best in the original -- the ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 11, 2002
It doesn't defy rationality, but rather turns rationality itself into an instrument of horror.
| Original Score: 4/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
July 25, 2002
The American remake of The Vanishing adds nothing but a happy ending to the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Too much of what is good about the original The Vanishing has been eviscerated. If you want quality, see the Dutch version; this one is a pale imitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Screenwriter Todd Graff] duplicates many of the original scenes (particularly the significant gas station ones), but does so mechanically. He jettisons most of the subtleties that made the first film so memorable.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
A good, psychological thriller that, I suspect, packs more of a wallop if you have not seen the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Where the original film was haunting and spooky and ultimately quite shocking, this version is more flat and matter-of-fact.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-

TV Guide
June 14, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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