Searching Reviews

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March 20, 2020
Shot mostly with iPhones and GoPro cameras, the movie is visually drab and a little too gimmicky - ultimately it's a stunt, albeit an engrossing one.
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.
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.
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.
September 7, 2018
An extremely tasty thriller that delivers exactly the right amount of suspense and twisty surprises.
September 7, 2018
I was floored by the craft on display.
September 4, 2018
The film doesn't understand what mode it wants to operate in; serious thriller with emotional stakes or contrived, cynical satire.
September 1, 2018
Searching is a taut, effectively paced mystery-thriller with a powerful emotional component.
August 31, 2018
As a drama about a father and a daughter relationship, Searching is nuanced and affecting.
August 31, 2018
Some nice moves but as shallow as YouTube celebrity.
August 31, 2018
For most of its running time, Searching refreshes our screens. Smiley face.
August 31, 2018
Cho, Messing, and La are excellent actors who are offered almost nothing to work with.
August 31, 2018
The suspense is satisfactory; the pace is well-sustained. What really clicks, though, is the message: We leave digital bread crumbs everywhere we go, and if our secrets are not safe, neither are we.
August 31, 2018
That a thriller would come along utilizing these ideas was inevitable. What's unexpected is that it would be done so well.
August 30, 2018
The distancing effect of technology turns the mawkish into something more meaningful and provides an impassive foil for David's meltdown.
August 30, 2018
A well-crafted mystery with quite a few unexpected twists and turns.
August 30, 2018
What holds Searching together is its star. Always an enjoyable comedian, Cho has grown into a reliably good actor and aged nicely, providing a sad-eyed soulfulness.
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 30, 2018
Searching may strike older viewers as a novel experimental film, but more importantly it's a genuine white-knuckling exploration of our relationship with disruptive technology and how that impacts one average American family's daily life.
August 30, 2018
"Searching," a pleasantly gimmicky movie, gets its power from something that isn't a gimmick at all: an actor's ability to simply and movingly tell a story.
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