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The Search Reviews

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March 12, 2015
Yes, it may not live up to Fred Zinneman's 1948 film on which it's loosely based, but it's strong and powerful all the same: a film where it's clear the director is in complete control.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 23, 2014
An immense (two hours and 29 minutes) and gravely serious film tackling the humanitarian disaster of the Second Chechen War of 1999-2000.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 22, 2014
The Search is a lecture. As laudable as the film is in many ways, I'm glad I'll never have to sit through it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 22, 2014
The Search paints a compelling portrait of a war-torn nation but labours its points too heavily, its gait stiff and lumbering where The Artist was joyfully fleet of foot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 29, 2019
The Search is an ungainly dose of good intentions that undercooks and over bakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 17, 2017
The Search is what happens when winning awards supersedes making cinema.
November 5, 2017
Trying desperately to be provocative (it's not), the only feeling it leaves you with is indignation that you wasted any time on such an insulting mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
June 6, 2016
The Search has a lot of passion behind it, but little in terms of craft.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
March 12, 2015
The French director's follow-up to his Oscar-winning silent movie comedy, The Artist, is everything The Artist was not: long, unoriginal and heavy-handed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2015
Young Hadji's silence gives The Search what lasting power it possesses.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 12, 2015
After winning the Oscar for his glorified trinket The Artist, Hazanavicius throws a spotlight on human rights horrors. His well-intentioned children-in-peril story, set during the second Chechen war, is periodically moving but unwieldy and heavy-handed.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 9, 2014
The film's only arresting aspect is its takedown of the Russian military: homophobic, racist, xenophobic, and barbaric.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 22, 2014
...the film as a whole is tepid and familiar enough that it's hard to even find much to salvage in the acting.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 22, 2014
It would appear that when it comes to Hazanavicius' films, silence really is golden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2014
Hazanavicius has confused sobriety with impact, and mulched down all the stories you might want to tell about Chechnya into a generic, undermotivated wallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2014
It can't help but feel slightly hubristic - and a sad waste of an opportunity for all involved.
May 21, 2014
Oscar winner Michel Hazanavicius makes a 180-degree shift from the effervescent charms of 'The Artist' with this grueling, lumbering and didactic war picture.
May 21, 2014
The Search is a film with sincerity and commitment, and an earnest rejection of the horror of war. But sentimentality is at its core.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 21, 2014
Michel Hazanavicius's straw man conception of the Russians as brutal homophobes is hammered away at with an emphasis that's questionable at best.
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