The Clearing
The Clearing (2004)

Dutch film producer Pieter Jan Brugge makes his directorial debut with the dramatic thriller The Clearing. Affluent executive Wayne Hayes (Robert Redford) and his lovely wife, Eileen (Helen Mirren), live in a beautiful home in Pittsburg.… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: July 2, 2004
DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though it has an excellent cast, this emotionally detached movie is the kind that one admires more than enjoys.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow rising above the vulgar pleasures of excitement.

Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

It's watchable only if you don't mind that there isn't a shock, a surprise or a message in its 91 minutes.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Good performances almost make it worthwhile.

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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle

An intriguing but dramatically stunted psychological thriller about a kidnapping.

Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

A kidnapping drama that may be too intentionally low-key to qualify as a thriller but that accrues weight and tension as it makes its way through a forest of repressed emotion.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

I just expected a lot more in the end, and really just didn't get it with a routine script, bland plot, and an ending that was too sudden to be accepted.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Everything about it is stultifying, unexceptional and dull.

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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic

Redford and Dafoe have all the fun, but Mirren exhibits the most talent.

Bill Clark

It's pretty bland, even though the trailer would lead you to believe otherwise.

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Lacking car chases, explosions, gun shoot-outs, a sex scene, and most of the typical hallmarks of most of the typical thrillers, what remains is the slow… More
♥Robyn M♥
Wayne (Robert Redford) and Eileen (Helen Mirren) Hayes, together they have raised two children and really struggled to build a successful business from the… More
Lady D'arbanville
Much better than I'd anticipated, not the biggest fan of Helen Mirran nor Robert Redford and yet both gave enjoyable performances.
Robert Redford, Helen Mirren, Willem Dafoe, Alessandro Nivola, Melissa Sagemiller, Matt Craven DIRECTED BY: Pieter Jan Brugge Wayne and Eileen Hayes live… More
Chris Weber
This little 2004 drama is a slow-burn thriller about a successful businessman (Redford) who is one day kidnapped and held for ransom by a former employee… More
Bruce Bruce
How did I miss this one when it came out, Wow kept me on the edge of my seat. Robert Redford played excellent part. Why does Willem Dafor always have to be the… More

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