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Searching Reviews

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September 25, 2018
John Cho provides a level of tenacity in a main character that I haven't felt since Denzel in John Q. The family dynamic is intoxicating, from the heartbreaking intro to the gripping finish.
September 21, 2018
Searching is a shining and highly entertaining thriller starring John Cho. [Full Review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 21, 2018
Searching follows Eighth Grade as another thought-provoking film about the intersection between teens' lives and their presence-and reliance-on social media.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 20, 2018
John Cho's sympathetic and fully committed performance as the worried father grounds the movie, giving it a beating heart instead of just a racing pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
September 18, 2018
In Searching, the computer is another member of the family that listens and sees the stories of the day. [Full Review in Spanish]
September 16, 2018
A good, crisp, gnarly thriller, with exactly the right amount of human interest for it to pretend to be more than just a grubby shocker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 14, 2018
The form is absolutely as important as the content [and] the good news is that the form holds well ... If the gimmick doesn't hold you, I'm not sure the script will, but in tandem, they add up to something solid and clever without re-setting the bar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2018
Searching's mystery is constructed like the interior of a clock. Everything adds up, with no noticeable plot holes. It's impressively designed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 14, 2018
It's done with few words but it's unexpectedly touching, fulfilling the film's key promise - that it's going to make you care about these people, despite the secondhand nature of its delivery system.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 14, 2018
Much of this is cleverly, even wittily handled, and Cho is very believable as he grows more and more panicked and angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
September 13, 2018
A stinging thriller, with a residue of paranoia about one's own footsteps caught in digital amber.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
September 13, 2018
Searching, beneath the conceit of the staging, is a nicely assembled and very acceptably twisty mystery yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 13, 2018
It was just very interesting how they shot it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 13, 2018
Perhaps Searching's biggest achievement is the way it so eloquently illustrates the gulf that can exist between a loving-if-flawed father and his struggling adolescent daughter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 13, 2018
It helps when you have a lead like John Cho, who after 20 years in the industry is finally bagging the kind of starring roles he deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 12, 2018
While Searching's innovative and highly efficient visual structure does impress, it is the screenplay's efficiency in playing upon our deepest fears of today's connected world that truly impacts: drawing you in, grinding you down and getting you worried.
September 10, 2018
I also appreciated how it shows David benignly browsing the web and opening multiple tabs of news stories at once, without reading any. I mean, I was watching him, but in that moment, it was I who felt truly seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
September 10, 2018
When it's orchestrating the central mystery, it's like a well-oiled thrill machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 10, 2018
An audacious tale that is well worth searching out.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 9, 2018
Things get a little too "twisty" during the climax but Searching is a cool concept with strong execution.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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