The Captive 2014

The Captive

Critics Consensus

Wan and lugubrious, The Captive represents another atmospheric, beautifully filmed misfire from director Atom Egoyan.

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Eight years after a child disappeared without a trace, detectives find disturbing clues that indicate that the girl is still alive.

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  • Egoyan skilfully brings these story-lines together as the film builds to its disconcerting conclusion.

    December 19, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For all its problems, The Captive does try to hit the themes that have obsessed Egoyan for three decades: desire, death, memory, and time.

    December 19, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Becomes baroque and ludicrous as the Hitchcockian scenario loses its psychological bearings in a web of trashy plot twists and self-conscious jumps in time.

    December 18, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "The Captive" may appear to bite off a little more than it can chew but it's one of the most satisfyingly baroque thrillers of the year, and thanks to a perfectly judged performance by Ryan Reynolds, it's quietly heartbreaking, too.

    December 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The infuriatingly vague and downright strange story banishes the haunting delicacy of mood that Mr. Egoyan has conjured so successfully in the past.

    December 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The structural gamesmanship is just a smokescreen, a way to obfuscate the pulp nature of what is, ultimately, little more than a glorified, low-aiming potboiler.

    December 11, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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