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Based on 34 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The pleasures of this endeavor, directed with a keen eye for detail by Pieter Jan Brugge, come from what the actors bring to the material. show more

  • 100
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This is one of those moderately engrossing movies that seems to collapse all at once during the wrap-up, yet it's well-acted all around. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The Clearing has been directed by a successful producer. In this case it's Pieter Jan Brugge, who brings seriousness and intelligence to his newly chosen craft, but little verve. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Classy but ultimately unsatisfying film. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Redford has rarely done this kind of intimate drama, effectively a two-character play on the mountain, and he's very convincing. As is Dafoe. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The real problem is that Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The Clearing doesn't feel bound by the usual formulas of crime movies. What eventually happens will emerge from the personalities of the characters, not from the requirements of Hollywood endings. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Redford gives one of his best performances ever in this taut, emotionally engrossing thriller. show more

  • 75
    Chris Kaltenbach Baltimore Sun

    The Clearing reminds us what a riveting presence he (Redford) can be. show more

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