The Vanishing
The Vanishing (1993)

After his girlfriend Saskia disappears at a rest stop, Rex spends the good part of three years searching for her. Finally, Saskia's abductor approaches Rex with promises of information, setting off a cat-and-mouse game that results in… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 1, 1993
DVD Release Date: September 7, 2004
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Critic Score: 47% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Schematic and unconvincing.

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James Berardinelli

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.

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Sluizer's Hollywood remake of his own brilliant Spooloos is a lobotomised version of its chillier, more cerebral precursor.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Misjudged, compromised Hollywood remake.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

[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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a thoroughly involving thriller that boasts a number of genuinely tense sequences...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The first movie was existential in its merciless unfolding. This one turns into a slasher movie with a cheap joke at the end.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

A case study in how Hollywood can make a complete mess out of what was previously a marvelous film.

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JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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.

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Melvin White
Barney Cousins: To me, to kill is not the worst thing you can imagine. There is more.  "Obsession is the Ultimate Weapon" The Vanishing is miles… More
Lafe Fredbjornson
Suspenseful thriller with Kiefer Sutherland looking for his vanished wife Sandra Bullock. Jeff Bridges plays the extremely creepy kidnapper. There's a nice… More
Arash Xak
Skip this & watch the original one again, Although I was expecting the ridiculous happy-ending but it was still more ridiculous than I thought, It's a… More
xGary Xx
Hugely inferior remake of a classic Dutch film that's a perfect example of why Hollywood remakes are always so awful. An inadequate cast, simplistic… More
familiar stranger
A thoroughly exciting psychological thriller. I haven't seen the original version of this movie made some 4-6 years before this movie by the same director… More
Stuart Brooks
Disturbing thriller about a guy whos girlfriend is kidnapped. After trying relentlessly to find her, eventually her kidnapper arrives to torment him.