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January 22, 2019
Searching for a smart take on the internet? Look no further.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 14, 2019
While this style of storytelling has been used before in the horror genre (Unfriended comes to mind), it was interesting to see such an inventive manner of presenting a mystery/thriller story for the modern age.
January 9, 2019
It's this in your face low-rent approach that really makes Searching special,Aneesh Chaganty and Sev Ohanian avoid turning internet technology into yet another horror movie bogeyman.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 3, 2019
A thrilling, unpredictable and riveting film
December 27, 2018
No fancy shots are required to show the true fear and panic of a desperate father. Searching is so effective we cannot imagine it being made under a traditional method.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2018
An utterly riveting thriller that refuses to merely coast on the back of its potentially gimmicky setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 12, 2018
Once Searching is over, you might be tempted to nitpick some little plot conveniences, but such things are easy to forgive when the viewing experience delivers like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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 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.
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