Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel: Season 1 Reviews

Page 1 of 2
July 2, 2021
While The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is the story of a bright, adventurous young woman going on holiday and never coming home, it's also a mediation on the true crime genre itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 26, 2021
Certainly interesting, but there are moments when it feels like the series is dangerously close to giving into sensationalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3 / 5
April 24, 2021
I hope people who watch Crime Scene: The Vanishing at The Cecil Hotel look past the drawn-out run time and the garbage the internet facilitates to see the loss of humanity this world constantly glosses over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
March 6, 2021
Less a whodunit or a what-happened, Vanishing is most valuable as an indictment of the cloud of online conspiracy theories and rumor-mongering that have gotten our nation into deep trouble in recent years.
February 27, 2021
Berlinger takes us into the actual experiences of those on the internet trying to solve the mystery on their own, turning the series into more than simply a mystery but a kind of cautionary tale...
February 24, 2021
Its length and the air of mystery it cultivates until the final half-hour are gratuitous. But amid a lot of sensationalism, there are some compelling stories -- they're just not related to the tragic death of Elisa Lam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 23, 2021
The truth, once revealed, was extraordinarily sad, and didn't even involve a 'crime scene' as such. This was exploitative. Of us, and of her. But now I've watched it so you don't have to. I am good like that.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 23, 2021
The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is an overblown and overlong four-parter (despite pedigree background, it repeated itself and often deliberately withheld info) that shows, if nothing else, the size of the Google rabbit hole.
February 22, 2021
Crime Scene is beautifully shot and structured so uniquely that it almost feels like an actual suspense/thriller movie rather than a documentary.
February 19, 2021
Berlinger somewhat overdoes it with the creepy dramatic re-enactments, but Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel benefits from a raft of solid talking heads and a central whodunit that proves continually intriguing.
February 19, 2021
Crime Scene works to logically and painstakingly explain away the internet's largest points of contention with the investigation, and thus lends a sense of closure and finality to the case.
February 19, 2021
The Vanishing At The Cecil Hotel ends up being a tragedy wrapped in a mystery shoehorned into paranormal nonsense. Netflix is notorious for not releasing data on whether its viewers finish its content, but in this case, it probably should.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 19, 2021
It's bad. And not just bad. Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is bloated, dull and confusing. It's irresponsible and dishonest, indulging conspiracy theories that put already vulnerable victims at further risk.
February 18, 2021
Lurid crime docu is sensational and disturbing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 18, 2021
Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel is likely to entrance viewers with the harrowing details of a bizarre case. It's cinematic, detailed, and flat-out wild. Just be careful to not get caught up in the sleuthing craze along the way.
February 17, 2021
The series will no doubt be wildly popular, but it is ghoulish and unsavoury.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
February 17, 2021
"The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel" fails to illuminate much about the circumstances around Lam's death, even if the story itself may be unfamiliar to many outside Southern California.
February 17, 2021
It is not spooky, it is just sad; desperately sad that a family have lost their beloved daughter and sad, too, that in Los Angeles, as in many other places around the world, the result of human beings in a mental health crisis is avoidable tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 16, 2021
We're looking forward to seeing how it unfolds (though we know the unfortunate results).
February 10, 2021
An interesting story not of a crime itself but all the issues around it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Page 1 of 2