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Costa-Gavras's tense political drama opens in an unspecified South American country (though clearly intended to be Chile) in the throes of a military coup. American activist Charles Horman (John Shea), who has been a thorn in the side of the country's military ever since his arrival, suddenly disappears. In trying to find out what has happened, his wife Beth (Sissy Spacek) is stonewalled, not only by the ruling junta but by the American consulate. His father, staunchly patriotic Ed Horman (Jack Lemmon), joins Beth in her search. Ed and his daughter-in-law have never seen eye to eye… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A story that could have made for a brisk jeremiad on 60 Minutes is stretched to 122 minutes of heroes fuming and villains purring their oleaginous apologies. Spacek and Lemmon, an appealing sweet-and-sour combo, sink in the swamp of good intentions."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"This movie might have really been powerful, if it could have gotten out of its own way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A powerful, influential and tense political thriller based on a true story."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Lemmon and Spacek are the film's highlight... It's a winning formula, and it's too bad that there isn't more of it."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Terrific work from Lemmon and Spacek highlights Costa Gavras' American debut."
‑ Dan Lybarger, Nitrate Online
"Lemmon is superior as a man facing up to issues he never wanted to confront personally."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Among other things Missing does is to convince you that, next time, you're not going to waste your vote. The passive citizen is the citizen-victim."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Though Costa-Gavras clearly has a political axe to grind, he manages to do so without haranguing the viewer, keeping the film's focus on his characters and masterfully building tension as the story moves toward its stinging resolution."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In Costa-Gavras's fact-inspired political melodrama, Jack Lemmon gives one of his strongest performances as a naive, conservative American who gets rude political awakening when his leftist son is executed with the tacit knowledge of the US government"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A gutsy, surprising piece of work, a bold political tract that doubles proficiently as an interpersonal drama."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Spacek and Lemmon are fine as the missing man's wife and father, but what makes the film so overwhelming in places is its unending night-time imagery of a society coming apart at the seams."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Graphic portrayal of dictatorship's abuses is unforgettable."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"engrossing, fascinating, and endlessly tragic."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Time has not only been kind to the film, but has, -- unfortunately -- made it relevant all over again."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Some tragic and disturbing films stick with you, long after you've seen them, filling you with dread and a wish that they don't represent real life."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
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