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The Vanishing Reviews

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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
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
May 17, 2004
The original was horrifying.
| Original Score: 1/5
September 17, 2005
| Original Score: 0/5
August 12, 2007
Schematic and unconvincing.
January 26, 2006
Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.
August 9, 2002
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
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
February 22, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
March 18, 2006
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 25, 2002
The American remake of The Vanishing adds nothing but a happy ending to the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
February 17, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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
Where the original film was haunting and spooky and ultimately quite shocking, this version is more flat and matter-of-fact.
May 17, 2004
| Original Score: 1/5
May 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2009
Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor.
July 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 26, 2003
Truly creepy, but not as good as the original.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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