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Searching (2018)


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Critic Consensus: Searching's timely premise and original execution are further bolstered by well-rounded characters brought to life by a talented cast.

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After David Kim (John Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. In a hyper-modern thriller told via the technology devices we use every day to communicate, David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever.


John Cho
as David Kim
Debra Messing
as Detective Rosemary Vick
Sara Sohn
as Nam 'Pamela' Kim

Critic Reviews for Searching

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (5)

An original blast of a film. "Searching" heartily implies we instinctively know our dearest family members better than we give ourselves credit for, even when the evidence insists otherwise.

June 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Displays the type of roller coater experience that can be achieved from crafty writing and a canvas as simple as a blank screen.

January 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Search doesn't require any further narrative tricks to prove Chagnaty's ability to use seemingly huge constraints to weave a unique film, one that maintains a near-perfect connect with its audience.

January 29, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

None of this would matter if we didn't care about the characters, and in "Search," [Aneesh] Chaganty has found a new idiom for communicating not only the things we share, but also those we keep hidden from the ones we love.

January 29, 2018 | Full Review…

In all respects, what Chaganty and his team have pulled off here is something both novel and accomplished.

January 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite its unconventional set-up, where every scene is contained within a digital screen, Searching has plenty of momentum and asks troubling but timely questions about the price we pay for 24/7 online access.

August 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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