Searching Reviews

June 18, 2019
Innovation is vital, especially given the stagnant sameness water in which cinema belligerently swims. But a format that's relentlessly unpleasant to watch and that handcuffs the performance of all actors seems, I don't know, bad?
January 29, 2019
... an emotionally parched and insubstantial drama thriller.
January 26, 2019
As its run-time rolls on, it grows so head-smackingly stupid and trite, you'll wonder why you wasted the time at all.
December 21, 2018
Bows to moviegoers who aren't in the business of challenging themselves, with all the subtleties of a t.v. movie of the week.
December 6, 2018
CTRL+ALT+DEL this nonsense and find a film that knows how to treat you respectfully.
November 3, 2018
For cases like Searching, innovation isn't enough.
October 6, 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
September 4, 2018
The film doesn't understand what mode it wants to operate in; serious thriller with emotional stakes or contrived, cynical satire.
August 31, 2018
Some nice moves but as shallow as YouTube celebrity.
August 31, 2018
Cho, Messing, and La are excellent actors who are offered almost nothing to work with.
August 31, 2018
It's possible this movie might work better streamed on your own laptop, as the windows-within-windows effect gets multiplied.
August 31, 2018
In the end, the technique feels like a red herring designed to distract attention from how corny the story really is.
August 30, 2018
The script is littered with twists and McGuffins. Shallow, humourless and overloaded with computer-y jargon, Searching barely merits a click.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.