The Clearing Reviews

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January 30, 2020
An evolutionary thriller, The Clearing not only reinforces the status quo, it grinds the face of the economy's losers in the dirt and does a victory dance on their head.
December 28, 2010
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.
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.
April 1, 2006
December 6, 2005
September 16, 2005
Mirren passes through entire scenes without a word, not needing to speak, as every feeling is writ large across her beautifully expressive face.
June 17, 2005
It's pretty bland, even though the trailer would lead you to believe otherwise.
January 15, 2005
...a very good thriller that could've (and should've) been a great one...
December 31, 2004
[Mirren, Redford, and Dafoe] cannot get a fire going in this clich-soggy kindling.
December 26, 2004
Lo que mantiene el inters es el cada vez ms impredecible comportamiento de la esposa, animada adems por una estupenda Helen Mirren (la mejor intrprete de la pelcula).
November 22, 2004
November 22, 2004
H dois bons filmes em Refm de uma Vida, mas estes se enfraquecem mutuamente em funo da estrutura narrativa adotada pelo cineasta.
November 14, 2004
The first 10 minutes are promising, but then the film, a wannabe thriller, loses steam
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.
September 10, 2004
A haunting film about the evil that men do.
August 23, 2004
European sensibility controls The Clearing, a fact that might frustrate American moviegoers who arrive expecting something more flashy.
August 10, 2004
The Clearing is what it sounds like: stripped of ornamentation, undeluded about its subjects, lucid about the limits of human behavior.
August 8, 2004
Talky and mawkish.
August 1, 2004
A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow rising above the vulgar pleasures of excitement.
July 31, 2004
What should make for a taut, suspenseful thriller drowns in an ocean of verbiage.
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