The Vanishing Reviews

July 24, 2018
American scriptwriters have run out of ideas.
June 14, 2009
Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor.
August 12, 2007
Schematic and unconvincing.
March 18, 2006
January 26, 2006
Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.
September 17, 2005
May 10, 2005
February 17, 2005
May 17, 2004
May 17, 2004
The original was horrifying.
February 22, 2004
September 13, 2002
The worst thing about this version of The Vanishing is the same thing that was best in the original -- the ending.
August 9, 2002
July 25, 2002
The American remake of The Vanishing adds nothing but a happy ending to the original.
January 1, 2000
Where the original film was haunting and spooky and ultimately quite shocking, this version is more flat and matter-of-fact.
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.
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
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.
January 1, 2000
A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.