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The Clearing Reviews

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Angela Baldassarre
July 19, 2004
Though performed impeccably by everyone involved, the film's wall of conceit makes for neither a gripping nor suspenseful viewing.
Eric D. Snider
July 18, 2004
A mature, character-based film in which kidnapping is the story, but the people are the substance.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
July 16, 2004
Despite strong intentions and even stronger performances, The Clearing's shallow narrative fails to delve deeply into either of its commendable themes.
| Original Score: 4/10
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 16, 2004
The pacing here might be perceived as too slow by audiences expecting something different, but it's quietly effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
July 16, 2004
Unfortunately, suffering in silence -- even when you're doing it as marvelously as Mirren does -- doesn't make for terribly exciting cinema.
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
July 16, 2004
...the dullest kidnapping-for-ransom drama ever conceived
Full Review| Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
July 16, 2004
The Clearing deftly blends three great performances and an intricate character study into a quietly powerful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
July 16, 2004
A poorly paced kidnapping drama that seems to think it's so prestigious that it doesn't need to generate much suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
July 15, 2004
The Clearing, rather fuzzy in so many ways, is an incredibly slow-moving exercise in tedium.
| Original Score: 2/4
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
July 15, 2004
Brugge has built a character-driven piece that is as sturdy as it spare.
| Original Score: 3/4
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
July 13, 2004
Don't go in expecting a thriller and you might be happily surprised...
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today
July 13, 2004
Well acted, with an accumulative sense of novelistic detail, but it doesn't quite fully connect.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum
July 12, 2004
Robert Redford brings to the screen a perfect couple, Wayne and Eileen Hayes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 12, 2004
The audience ends up identifying with the privileged wine-drinker (Reford) and rooting against the underclass cereal-eater (Dafoe)...
| Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
July 11, 2004
The easy give-and-take between Redford and Mirren early in the film is flawlessly realistic, but even that couldn't stem the tide of this reviewer's yawns.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 10, 2004
A great cast consisting of Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
July 9, 2004
The whole enterprise is too low-key, too diffident to really make an impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2004
An intriguing but dramatically stunted psychological thriller about a kidnapping.
| Original Score: B
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
July 9, 2004
They all look good, and they carefully recite their dialogue, but not one of them is alive. Or worth caring about.
| Original Score: 2/4
M.E. Russell
July 9, 2004
Haythe's script suffers from what I like to call 'Apollo 13 Syndrome': It's great when it focuses on the major crisis, but not so hot when it shifts to the people on the ground.
| Original Score: C
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