The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

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After publishing a bestselling novel based on the death of one of his high school classmates, the controversial writer Sidney Hall (Logan Lerman) finds himself catapulted to unexpected fame and renown. His relationship with his girlfriend (Elle Fanning) begins to fall apart as the dark consequences of the book intrude on their life together, and he disappears without a trace. Nearly a decade later, an enigmatic detective searches for the missing author, whose books are connected to a string of mysterious arsons.

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  • In the unlikely event that you've ever been truly curious as to how much M.F.A.-style toxic masculinity can be packed into one motion picture, you ought to check out The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.

    Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • The most passable lens through which to watch writer-director Shawn Christensen's risible indie drama "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" is by counting the many ways it grates as both an agonized-artist pity party and a male fantasy of envied power.

    Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • A tortured mystery dripping with pretentiousness.

    Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Christensen favors dreamy shots of dusty libraries and desert horizons that, while beautiful, don't make up for the contrived plot driving Sidney toward his destiny.

    Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The artificially constructed nature of the narrative gives the supposedly shocking revelations way too much importance, essentially subjugating any sense of character development and flaws to its mystery-type structure.

    Jan 27, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Unspools into nearly two hours of baffling narrative choices, weak character development, and so many offensive cliches that it would be funny if they wasn't so, well, offensive.

    Jan 26, 2017 | Rating: D- | Full Review…

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This is definitely the passion project of a young man who was bullied in high school and needed to compensate with an elaborate two hour wish-fulfillment scenario, who's completely unaware of how cringe and obvious it is that he's doing it. It doesn't help that the main female character is a manic pixie dream girl because a woman is defined by her ability to be a muse for a misunderstood genius who happens to be the world's most talented writer. His work is so influential that it has profoundly changed society, the phenomena surrounding it torture him, crushing him with the weight of his own talent. It drives him mad how freaking good of a writer he is, that not only he can fully appreciate the gravity and importance of what he's writing. In fact, the second greatest writer in the world, a man who won the Pulitzer out from under him, has to track him down to show him how important his writing is to the world - he's just that much of a genius. Then this pretentious dreck turns into an insufferable melodrama, a miserable series of contrived moments wishing to seem like a profound collage of grief and misunderstanding but far too cheesy to take serious...and I'm pregnant.

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