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The Vanishing Reviews

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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.
April 29, 2008
...a thoroughly involving thriller that boasts a number of genuinely tense sequences...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 12, 2007
Schematic and unconvincing.
January 26, 2006
Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.
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
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
May 17, 2004
The original was horrifying.
| Original Score: 1/5
November 26, 2003
Truly creepy, but not as good as the original.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
August 24, 2003
Sluizer's Americanized remake of his own film is more commercial, but, to me, also more appealing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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
September 11, 2002
It doesn't defy rationality, but rather turns rationality itself into an instrument of horror.
| Original Score: 4/4
July 25, 2002
The American remake of The Vanishing adds nothing but a happy ending to the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
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
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
January 1, 2000
A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.
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.
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
January 1, 2000
Where the original film was haunting and spooky and ultimately quite shocking, this version is more flat and matter-of-fact.
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 14, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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