The Missing
The Missing (2003)

In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 24, 2004
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: An expertly acted and directed Western. But like other Ron Howard features, the movie is hardly subtle.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

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

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... a strange and haunting hybrid that's part Western, part supernatural thriller.

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Joe Leydon
The Moving Picture Show

Ron Howard's vividly gritty and brutally arresting Western is a powerfully effective piece of work.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Mr. Howard keeps the emotional temperature of the family reunion as chilly as possible, but it's clear that the father-daughter relationship is the core of the drama, and the rest is all time-consuming digressions.

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Charles Taylor

The Missing is holiday entertainment for anyone who likes either a dollop of feminist uplift or family values (or both!) with their bloodletting.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

A disappointment; relentlessly bleak and brutal.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

The rawest, scariest, most nerve-rattling saddlebags-and- sagebrush saga since Robert Mulligan's The Stalking Moon.

Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

There's a pretty good Western hidden somewhere amid the extraneous scenes, unnecessary characters and adoring shots of the New Mexico wilderness, but Howard didn't have the heart to cut his movie.

Cole Smithey

"The Missing" is overly drawn out but benefits much from Jones's and Blanchett's absorbing performances.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
Not even with the names in this movie can keep me awake during this long uninteresting and uncaptivating movie!
Apeneck Fletcher
Howard, a true workingman director, rises some to craft this in-love-with-Westerns Western wherein there's more afoot than simply the typical renegade… More
Anthony Lawrie
A pretty good addition to the modern day western, mainly thanks to Ron Howard's direction and Cate Blanchett's performance. I'm not a huge Howard… More
Dead Angel
I liked the story. But the ending was just sad.
Clintus Maximus
I am prompted to write this review because I've seen so many negative reviews of The Missing, while personally I enjoyed it and believe it can be defended… More
Melvin White
Samuel Jones: If I stay here very long, I might misbehave. Somebody might have to kill me.  "How far would you go, how much would you sacrifice to get… More