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Searching Reviews

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October 5, 2018
It's baffling, really, that anyone could suggest that Searching's narrative trajectory is any less insipid or dumb as what we get from the Unfriended films
November 3, 2018
For cases like Searching, innovation isn't enough.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 30, 2018
The script is littered with twists and McGuffins. Shallow, humourless and overloaded with computer-y jargon, Searching barely merits a click.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 2, 2018
The film doesn't understand what mode it wants to operate in; serious thriller with emotional stakes or contrived, cynical satire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 27, 2018
Imagine if Up and Unfriended had a baby. But a stupid, ugly baby starring John Cho.
June 21, 2018
The online world becomes a narrative device to frame a conventional mystery that slips into abject ludicrousness as the story unravels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 31, 2018
Cho, Messing, and La are excellent actors who are offered almost nothing to work with.
August 31, 2018
Some nice moves but as shallow as YouTube celebrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 30, 2018
As nimble as Aneesh Chaganty is in presenting his main character's multi-faceted interaction with technology in the first hour, the film suddenly morphs into a generic and manipulative missing-person thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 30, 2018
Wasting a decent performance from John Cho as the desperate father of a missing teen, this film never commits to a cogent reason why it had to be told in such a way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
August 30, 2018
In the end, the technique feels like a red herring designed to distract attention from how corny the story really is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 23, 2018
The movie might work better if the psychological puzzle tucked inside it were more engaging or surprising. But as the pieces fall into place, in a clunky resolution, the story turns as flat as the screens that contain it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 31, 2018
Searching is so smart about how we interact with computers that it's surprising how lame it is about moviemaking basics like characters and plot.
August 29, 2018
A missing-person thriller that holds your attention for awhile simply because of the unusual way it's told, but by the end it's literally gone over a cliff into narrative absurdity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 31, 2018
It's possible this movie might work better streamed on your own laptop, as the windows-within-windows effect gets multiplied.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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 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
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
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
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