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The Clearing Reviews

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Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 15, 2005
...a very good thriller that could've (and should've) been a great one...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
December 26, 2004
Lo que mantiene el interés es el cada vez más impredecible comportamiento de la esposa, animada además por una estupenda Helen Mirren (la mejor intérprete de la película).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Sunday Times (Australia)
November 22, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 7, 2004
...may not be the most exciting or well-focused drama of the year, but it manages to engage our intellect most of the time and keep us guessing well up to the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 10, 2004
A haunting film about the evil that men do.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 23, 2004
European sensibility controls The Clearing, a fact that might frustrate American moviegoers who arrive expecting something more flashy.
| Original Score: A-
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 10, 2004
The Clearing is what it sounds like: stripped of ornamentation, undeluded about its subjects, lucid about the limits of human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
July 21, 2004
By the time The Clearing was over, my single greatest feeling was: Why did anyone want to make this movie?
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
July 21, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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
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
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
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
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
Top Critic
Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
July 9, 2004
An intriguing but dramatically stunted psychological thriller about a kidnapping.
| Original Score: B
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 9, 2004
A kidnapping drama that may be too intentionally low-key to qualify as a thriller but that accrues weight and tension as it makes its way through a forest of repressed emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

Baltimore Sun
July 9, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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