100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
The very best thrillers -- a select group to which The Clearing clearly belongs -- exploit subconscious fears that bubble up at vulnerable moments.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Redford has rarely done this kind of intimate drama, effectively a two-character play on the mountain, and he's very convincing. As is Dafoe.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The pleasures of this endeavor, directed with a keen eye for detail by Pieter Jan Brugge, come from what the actors bring to the material.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Clearing doesn't feel bound by the usual formulas of crime movies. What eventually happens will emerge from the personalities of the characters, not from the requirements of Hollywood endings.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The Clearing is what's known in the biz as an alternative for adult moviegoers. Which is to say the film is a performance-driven drama devoid of special effects and loud noises. On the contrary, it's a meditation on midlife weaknesses and compensation.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Classy but ultimately unsatisfying film.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
This is one of those moderately engrossing movies that seems to collapse all at once during the wrap-up, yet it's well-acted all around.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The real problem is that Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The Clearing has been directed by a successful producer. In this case it's Pieter Jan Brugge, who brings seriousness and intelligence to his newly chosen craft, but little verve.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
An opaque kidnapping drama that features three expertly crafted performances operating on three different planets.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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