The Missing Person
The Missing Person (2009)

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.… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 13, 2010
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Most of it is admittedly a lot of fun, especially when the characters come out intriguingly sideways.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

The real mystery here is how writer-director Noah Buschel talked recent supporting Oscar nominees Michael Shannon and Amy Ryan into doing this movie.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

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.

Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine

Michael Shannon adds another stunning performance to his resume with this small-scale neo-noir by writer/director Noah Buschel.

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

"So you make jokes and smoke cigarettes," a lady in the murk summarizes. Yeah. Isn't that enough?

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Karina Longworth

It's beautiful dread.

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Had the perfect elements of a noir classic until the end...which sucked so badly and made me feel so disappointed in giving this movie almost 2 hours of my… More
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Jeffrey Meyers
A weird, slowly paced, but yet effectively atmospheric and existential neo noir film. The acting of all involved is strong, with the grainy film and directorial… More
Conner Rainwater
A really cool movie. There wasn't much to it, but it wasn't designed to be overly complex and the overall message was great. The performance from… More