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The Clearing


Rated R for brief strong language.

R In Theaters 07/2/2004 , 91min.
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Critic score based on 34 reviews

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Dave Kehr
The New York Times
Mr. Brugge has perhaps succeeded in avoiding vulgar melodrama, but he has hit on something far worse -- a bloodless melodrama, with bottled water running in its veins. Full Review
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
Ultimately, we find ourselves looking for the wrong sort of clearing: a way out. Full Review
James Berardinelli
The Clearing is being positioned as "adult counter-programming" for the summer season, but the benefits of seeing this movie may not be worth the patience necessary to get through it. Full Review
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. Full Review
Keith Phipps
The Onion (A.V. Club)
It never adds up to much. There's a fair amount of fine acting (with that cast, how could there not be?), but it's in the service of a story that bubbles without ever boiling. Full Review

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