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The French director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, The Artist, is everything The Artist was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed.
Young Hadji's silence gives The Search what lasting power it possesses.
Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius makes a 180-degree shift from the effervescent charms of 'The Artist' with this grueling, lumbering and didactic war picture.
The Search is what happens when winning awards supersedes making cinema.
Trying desperately to be provocative (it's not), the only feeling it leaves you with is indignation that you wasted any time on such an insulting mess.
The Search has a lot of passion behind it, but little in terms of craft.
Yes, it may not live up to Fred Zinneman's 1948 film on which it's loosely based, but it's strong and powerful all the same: a film where it's clear the director is in complete control.
After winning the Oscar for his glorified trinket The Artist, Hazanavicius throws a spotlight on human rights horrors. His well-intentioned children-in-peril story, set during the second Chechen war, is periodically moving but unwieldy and heavy-handed.
The film's only arresting aspect is its takedown of the Russian military: homophobic, racist, xenophobic, and barbaric.
An immense (two hours and 29 minutes) and gravely serious film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War of 1999-2000.
...the film as a whole is tepid and familiar enough that it's hard to even find much to salvage in the acting.
The Search is a lecture. As laudable as the film is in many ways, I'm glad I'll never have to sit through it again.
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