Searching Reviews

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October 18, 2019
[The] film is not only a clever mystery filled with rich characters, but it packs an emotional wallop like few others in the genre due to its harrowing story of a father desperately trying to find his missing daughter.
August 20, 2019
[Searching] is very well thought out and constructed.
August 3, 2019
The movie's greatest asset is how grounded it feels. During the first half of the film, it truly feels like we're intruding on character's lives.
July 25, 2019
Chaganty combines our primal fears with our internet-based anxieties to deliver one hell of a potboiler.
July 24, 2019
The story is most impressive in its use of laptops, computer screens, video chats, and texts as the basis for the entire movie. It's been done before, but never with such success.
July 21, 2019
A heart attack of a brilliant film that preys upon every parent's fears in this current digital world.
July 10, 2019
This novel way of narration exceeds expectations and delivers a good thriller worth your time.
July 7, 2019
Director Aneesh Chaganty's cleverly executed feature debut is a mystery-wrapped riddle explored entirely via contemporary technology, and true to virtual form, it never lets up for a second.
June 18, 2019
Innovation is vital, especially given the stagnant sameness water in which cinema belligerently swims. But a format that's relentlessly unpleasant to watch and that handcuffs the performance of all actors seems, I don't know, bad?
June 3, 2019
Feels like an old-fashioned whodunit in a thoroughly modern setting, charting a bold new cinematic course into the digital world.
May 15, 2019
Search: overcomes what should have been a goofy premise to be legitimately thrilling and enjoyable.
May 1, 2019
A far more captivating film than it deserves to be, Searching utilizes its limitations beyond their capacities to deliver a genre feature that should appeal to a mass audience
April 28, 2019
Searching is a psychologically horrifying journey, from the perspective of a father, into the divisions between our online self and our real self.
March 30, 2019
The fight we all have in us to protect those whom we love is a common storytelling thread, but Searching stitches all its emotional and hard-hitting themes together in exciting ways. It'll knock you clean off your feet.
March 25, 2019
The director deserves praise for keeping us on the edge of our seats throughout the movie, and also for getting Cho and Messing (who are better known for comedic roles) to deliver what are probably their career-best performances.
March 10, 2019
The real star of the film is the technology [...] Password protected accounts are a short confirmation email away, and geo-tags reveal more history than an interrogation.
February 26, 2019
It had humor, tension and surprised me on more than one occasion.
February 20, 2019
The new approach to the material helps to make it come alive in ways that might not have happened if it had been told in a more conventional manner.
February 16, 2019
Searching uses the [screenwatch] style as more than just a gimmick, telling a simple but gripping thriller mystery with nothing but webcams and Google searches.
February 8, 2019
An interesting take on a well-worn plot.
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