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The Clearing Reviews

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July 8, 2004
The Clearing? It's more like The Obscuring.
July 9, 2004
It's watchable only if you don't mind that there isn't a shock, a surprise or a message in its 91 minutes.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
June 30, 2004
The benefits of seeing this movie may not be worth the patience necessary to get through it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 1, 2004
Why would such a murky movie be called "The Clearing?"
Read More | Original Score: C+
December 28, 2010
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 29, 2004
Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction.
July 9, 2004
Brugge bobbles the attempt to tell two stories -- the marital-discontent one and the crime drama -- at once.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
June 29, 2004
A character-driven suspenser that engages the mind more than the emotions, but neither grippingly.
July 2, 2004
One of those movies that inspires a, 'what were they thinking?' response.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 29, 2009
I just expected a lot more in the end, and really just didn't get it with a routine script, bland plot, and an ending that was too sudden to be accepted.
July 9, 2004
They all look good, and they carefully recite their dialogue, but not one of them is alive. Or worth caring about.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 31, 2004
What should make for a taut, suspenseful thriller drowns in an ocean of verbiage.
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July 13, 2004
Well acted, with an accumulative sense of novelistic detail, but it doesn't quite fully connect.
Full Review | Original Score: C
June 25, 2004
Without [Mirren's] performance, it would be easy to mistake The Clearing, with its predictable story development, for a Lifetime movie of the week.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.25/5
July 1, 2004
A thriller nearly devoid of thrills...Despite having great actors and a beautiful visual sensibility, The Clearing offers no foundation to wrap them around.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
July 2, 2004
Mirren gives a virtual one-woman performance
Full Review | Original Score: C+
July 2, 2004
[I]t all falls apart at the last minute, the script winding down into a woefully underwritten ending that leaves [the] veteran cast scrambling for purchase.
July 4, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 5, 2004
A motley mix of a film - police procedural, violent thriller, and suburban marital angst - that ends up being less than the sum of its parts.
Read More | Original Score: 67/100
November 22, 2004
Há dois bons filmes em Refém de uma Vida, mas estes se enfraquecem mutuamente em função da estrutura narrativa adotada pelo cineasta.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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