Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Good movie westerns these days may be too few and far between, but Ron Howard's The Missing is almost a great one.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Just misses being great. The dark shaman mysticism doesn't entirely mesh with the earthbound quest across the wild and glorious Southwest. And the ending, with its shoot-outs and sacrifices, has a choppy, unneccessarily complicated feel.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
This movie will remind a lot of people of John Ford's masterpiece, "The Searchers," without the rowdy humor and, yes, without the greatness. But it's an admirably solid effort that's as mean as it has to be, which is plenty.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie runs into its deepest trouble with its depiction of Lilly's captors. After years of Hollywood wooden Indians and a more recent run of tribal angels (as in "Dances With Wolves"), movies like "The Last of the Mohicans" have acknowledged the historical truth that Native Americans could be as bloody-minded as their white conquerors.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
This murky, thriller-tinged Western has the terrain down cold -- from the wide-open spaces to the rocky vistas -- but beneath all the requisite genre trappings there's a vast, empty gulch where the affecting dramatic element should have been found.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
What's missing in The Missing -- despite throwing in The Everything, from magic trinkets to group hugs -- is soul.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It's a big snooze because we can't take the main characters seriously.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Can't be dismissed. Yet something keeps this movie from being completely satisfying: a disconnect between the plot and the point.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
If you're able to take The Missing seriously, as I was not, you'll be impressed by its sweep and ambition. The most lasting impression it made on me was one of absurd overreaching.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera.
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55 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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