The Missing Person
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A sardonic, gin-soaked detective contends with an odd cast of characters while tailing a mysterious, middle-aged man traveling with a Mexican boy from Chicago to Los Angeles in writer/director Noah Buschel's twisting neo-noir mystery. John Rosow is a Chicago gumshoe whose skill for cracking a case often comes with a price; he has a penchant for getting in over his head, but he never loses his cool. Contacted by influential lawyer Drexler Hewitt and asked to shadow a man who is currently en route to Los Angeles with a young boy, Rosow collects his cash and instructions from Hewitt's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 64%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's a pretty good film if you give writer-director Noah Buschel a chance. The 31-year-old crafts a convincing noir tale, with a sense of realism that makes the experience pleasingly voyeuristic."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"It's a great-looking movie, with an evocative use of music and, in rugged-yet-sensitive Michael Shannon, has an actor whose forceful, focused presence is the film's sturdy linchpin."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Most of it is admittedly a lot of fun, especially when the characters come out intriguingly sideways."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Michael Shannon is a handsome kook whose turns in Revolutionary Road, Bug and this have earmarked him to be the next Jack Nicholson (or at least the next Christopher Walken)"
‑ Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly
"Shannon's complete performance, he moves like The Elephant Man and enunciates like Mickey Rourke, allows Buschel to drift into David Lynch territory without getting drowned in it."
‑ Adam Lippe,
"The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible, its omnipresent anxiety like a musical chord that neither rises nor falls."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"Michael Shannon adds another stunning performance to his resume with this small-scale neo-noir by writer/director Noah Buschel."
‑ Sara Maria Vizcarrondo, Boxoffice Magazine
"The Missing Person isn't merely a clever, cool spin on the classic private eye story, but it also works as a private eye story. It showcases a lurching, hunched, quietly lived-in performance by Shannon but offers more than just that performance. ..."
‑ James Rocchi, Cinematical
"The moments that do undeniably work are overshadowed by a general feeling that the film just isn't quite clicking the way it could or should have, amplified by a final act that simply gets away from everyone involved."
‑ Brian Tallerico, Movie Retriever
"Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition to tell a story of disorientation and loss in a post-9/11 world where the Twin Towers can go missing too."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
""So you make jokes and smoke cigarettes," a lady in the murk summarizes. Yeah. Isn't that enough?"
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"It's beautiful dread."
‑ Karina Longworth, SpoutBlog
"Why has The Missing Person persisted in staying with me, even though I started craving The Big Sleep halfway through?"
‑ Mark Peikert, New York Press
"neither the existential 70s crime thriller it wants to be nor the apocalyptic fever dream it could have been"
‑ Chris Cabin,
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