The Clearing Reviews

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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.
July 10, 2004
A great cast consisting of Robert Redford, Helen Mirren and Willem Dafoe.
July 9, 2004
The whole enterprise is too low-key, too diffident to really make an impression.
July 9, 2004
An intriguing but dramatically stunted psychological thriller about a kidnapping.
July 9, 2004
They all look good, and they carefully recite their dialogue, but not one of them is alive. Or worth caring about.
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.
July 9, 2004
Everything about it is stultifying, unexceptional and dull.
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.
July 9, 2004
Brugge bobbles the attempt to tell two stories -- the marital-discontent one and the crime drama -- at once.
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.
July 9, 2004
July 9, 2004
July 9, 2004
Director Pieter Jan Brugge hands us another heavy-handed drama about the failed American dream.
July 8, 2004
Redford and Dafoe have all the fun, but Mirren exhibits the most talent.
July 8, 2004
The Clearing? It's more like The Obscuring.
July 8, 2004
The film is written, directed and enacted with palpable intelligence. But intelligence can seem dull if unleavened by wit or excitement.
July 8, 2004
What had been an intelligent and intriguing thriller loses its bearing, its momentum and, eventually, its audience.
July 8, 2004
July 8, 2004
The lack of a much-needed nail-biting climax relegates The Clearing to the status of an interestingly cast So What.
July 7, 2004
Competent, but not brilliant, kinapping tale has a great cast
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