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Based on 40 Reviews
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  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Can't be dismissed. Yet something keeps this movie from being completely satisfying: a disconnect between the plot and the point. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    This movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," without the rowdy humor and, yes, without the greatness. But it's an admirably solid effort that's as mean as it has to be, which is plenty. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    If you're able to take The Missing seriously, as I was not, you'll be impressed by its sweep and ambition. The most lasting impression it made on me was one of absurd overreaching. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Just misses being great. The dark shaman mysticism doesn't entirely mesh with the earthbound quest across the wild and glorious Southwest. And the ending, with its shoot-outs and sacrifices, has a choppy, unneccessarily complicated feel. show more

  • 50
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    It's a big snooze because we can't take the main characters seriously. show more

  • 60
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    This murky, thriller-tinged Western has the terrain down cold -- from the wide-open spaces to the rocky vistas -- but beneath all the requisite genre trappings there's a vast, empty gulch where the affecting dramatic element should have been found. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    Good movie westerns these days may be too few and far between, but Ron Howard's The Missing is almost a great one. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Ironically, what's lacking in Howard's stark, often brutal, late 19th-century chase drama is emotional punch. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Does not surpass Kevin Costner's "Open Range" for the title of Best Western of 2003, but it's a worthy effort and makes for an enjoyable (if slightly overlong) two-plus hours. show more

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