75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
Rising star Michael Shannon makes a riveting shamus hired to chase a runaway husband in the quiet but resonant little noir The Missing Person.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Overly fussy and self-conscious in its noir details. But in The Missing Person, Buschel makes striking use of the Mike Hammer/Philip Marlowe tradition.
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70

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Sluggish, stylized and frequently washed in a bilious green tint, The Missing Person is yet oddly irresistible.
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60

Time Out New York

By Nicolas Rapold
It’s Shannon’s slow, steady world of hurt that makes the film watchable.
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60

Los Angeles Times

By Kevin Thomas
Despite honoring noir genre conventions, Buschel also draws upon his fertile imagination in dialogue and in storytelling that allows his film gradually to accrue meaning.
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58

The A.V. Club

By Scott Tobias
Shannon’s performance takes The Missing Person as far as it goes, but when a real-world tragedy commandeers the story, Buschel’s thin pastiche falls to pieces.
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50

Variety

By Todd McCarthy
An intriguingly plotted mystery that unfortunately forgets to put the noir in film noir. A drab, pale-looking affair without a trace of visual style, this cross-country pursuit yarn fights a losing battle to sustain viewer attention via narrative alone, so much does it flounder for lack of imagistic flair.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

A low-key mystery that's initially engaging but ultimately lacks sufficient intrigue to sustain interest.
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40

Village Voice

The film has been gesturing toward a profundity that isn't there.
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57 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.