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A clinical, maddening descent into the mind of a serial killer and a slowly unraveling hero, culminating with one of the scariest endings of all time. Read critic reviews

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Rex (Gene Bervoets) and Saskia (Johanna Ter Steege) are enjoying a biking holiday in France when, stopping at a gas station, Saskia disappears. Confounded, Rex searches everywhere, but to no avail. Three years later, he's still obsessed with finding her, pleading his case on television, putting up posters and ruining his new relationship in the process. Eventually an unassuming chemistry teacher, Raymond (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), approaches Rex, intimating that he knows what happened.

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (1)

  • Sluizer isn't among the more original stylists, but the literalness of his direction suffices to evoke the horrific and monstrous possibilities lurking behind the façades of ordinary life.

    October 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's an elegant, riveting piece of filmmaking.

    August 20, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The appalling, horrific climax of The Vanishing will haunt your mind long after this film is over.

    October 19, 2016 | Full Review…
  • It's a film that functions on curiosity rather than real interest (given the fact that the characters are thinly drawn and largely unsympathetic), yet in the end punishes the audience for wanting to have its questions answered.

    October 19, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The explanation is so darkly compelling-and ultimately so chilling-that The Vanishing has earned its reputation as one of the scariest non-horror movies ever made.

    October 27, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Sluizer's direction is seamless throughout, effortlessly juggling domesticity and damnation as it ploughs inexorably towards an appaling dnouement.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vanishing

  • Aug 08, 2018
    Despite the fact that the characters (as well as the relationship between Rex and Saskia) are not so well developed, this is a spine-chilling thriller that relies on a gripping mystery and lets us slowly grasp the motivations of its fascinating villain toward a terrifying conclusion.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 28, 2013
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  • Apr 10, 2013
    Far better than the Kiefer Sutherland remark, the original sizzles with a boyfriend following the trail of his girlfriend who went missing three years in the past. The direction is particularly solid.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 23, 2013
    The Vanishing is a subtly creepy and haunting look at a sociopathic man seeking to discover whether he is capable of committing an act of extreme evil without remorse. The film, like its unfeeling antagonist, is very methodical and carefully paced, slowly revealing the specifics behind a mysterious disappearance and the events leading up to it. The antagonist doesn't look or act like a clearly evil or deranged individual; he gives the impression of being just like everyone else. He has a wife and kids, an unremarkable appearance, and is overall very calm and ordinary in appearance. He doesn't stand out in a crowd, and this is what makes the film especially eerie and unnerving. The Vanishing is ultimately a meditation on the nature of evil, and it is not easily forgotten. You're not likely to forget the hauntingly bleak finale anytime soon.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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