The Vanishing
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George Sluizer's 1992 English-language remake of his 1988 Dutch thriller The Vanishing follows the same plot-line as the original film, yet with one important difference. The film details a young man's (Kiefer Sutherland) search for his girlfriend (Sandra Bullock), who disappeared at a gas station after the couple had a fight. Where the original film didn't reveal what happened to the girlfriend until late into the movie, the 1992 version opens with her kidnapper (Jeff Bridges) plotting his abduction. Over the course of the film, Sutherland's search for Bullock is intercut with… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Schematic and unconvincing."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Too much of what is good about the original The Vanishing has been eviscerated. If you want quality, see the Dutch version; this one is a pale imitation."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor."
‑ , Film4
"Often stands shoulder-to-shoulder with its forerunner--or is at the very least too provocative in its departures to dismiss out of hand"
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Sluizer's Americanized remake of his own film is more commercial, but, to me, also more appealing."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"[Screenwriter Todd Graff] duplicates many of the original scenes (particularly the significant gas station ones), but does so mechanically. He jettisons most of the subtleties that made the first film so memorable."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"...a thoroughly involving thriller that boasts a number of genuinely tense sequences..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The original was horrifying."
‑ Victoria Alexander,
"The worst thing about this version of The Vanishing is the same thing that was best in the original -- the ending."
‑ Dragan Antulov,
"The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film."
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"Sutherland is the key to the proceedings and his intense, narrow-minded, obsessive search for his ex-girlfriend is what kept me going most of the way."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Truly creepy, but not as good as the original."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"It doesn't defy rationality, but rather turns rationality itself into an instrument of horror."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
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