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November 15, 2018
Exciting and powerful. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 12, 2018
"A kind of new version of Hardcore in the Breve New World of the internet and social networks".
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 12, 2018
You may groan at the thought of another found footage desktop thriller, especially just a few weeks after an already-forgotten Unfriended sequel, but Aneesh Chaganty has managed to rejuvenate the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
November 7, 2018
One of the most original films I have seen in quite some time with just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing until the very end.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 5, 2018
Aneesh Chaganty's debut feature is one of the most exciting mystery films I've seen in a long time, and it's the first "cyber-thriller told completely from a screen" that's really convincing. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 5, 2018
This really is tantalizing stuff that elicits old-school thrills from new-school technology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 4, 2018
At a certain point, Searching runs out of ways to organically use its medium and the tension erodes. The first two acts, however, are engrossing and remind the viewer that John Cho should be a star.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 3, 2018
For cases like Searching, innovation isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 2, 2018
With clever and immersive storytelling, great performances, rich characterizations, surprising twists and ample amounts of food for thought, director Aneesh Chaganty has made a great feature debut with Searching.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 31, 2018
Mind-boggling, electric, and hugely-entertaining, this is one of the best surprises this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 30, 2018
An out-of-left-field crowd-pleaser that just might be the best "cyber-thriller" ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4
October 26, 2018
The screen-centric format allows the viewer to play detective right along with Cho, the reams of emails and text messages making for a strangely interactive experience.
October 25, 2018
This is a compelling thriller that takes the computer screen gimmick... and enhances it - with a film full of twists and turns and a surprising touch of humanism.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 20, 2018
Although I wish Chaganty trusted his audience a little bit more on the mystery side of the story, I must pay respect to a small thriller whose computer-screen gimmick actually elevated its subject matter.
October 15, 2018
Both a technical and narrative triumph, the film elevates itself above its gimmicky stratagem with a genuinely suspenseful and emotionally engaging plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2018
Searching is Indian-American director Aneesh Chaganty's debut, and highlights a consummate knowledge of filmmaking that makes him a name to watch out for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 13, 2018
Usually, the missing or abducted girl is a flat character who gets just a handful of lines, at best. Thankfully, Searching has other ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.50/5
October 10, 2018
Despite the story being less inspired than you'd want or the tricks not being as clever as the filmmakers would anticipate - the concept is a bold one, told effectively and pieced together with precision.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 10, 2018
Before slightly getting too silly at the end, it's an enthralling tale that brings out a surprising emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 9, 2018
The tense thriller keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat with exceptional performances by John Cho and Debra Messing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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