The Clearing

The Clearing
The Clearing
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2004
Rotten43%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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Wayne and Eileen Hayes (Robert Redford, Helen Mirren) appear to be living the American dream until Wayne is kidnapped in broad daylight from their peaceful Pittsburgh estate. Suddenly, the man who at one point prided himself on being a cunning negotiator finds his fate resting in the hands of a kidnapper (Willem Dafoe) who has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten43%
Critics Consensus: Though it has an excellent cast, this emotionally detached movie is the kind that one admires more than enjoys.
Reviews
New Yorker
Anthony Lane
Rotten

A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow risi...

June 20, 2017
Houston Chronicle
Eric Harrison
Fresh

An intriguing but dramatically stunted psychological thriller about a kidnapping.

June 20, 2017
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore
Rotten

It's watchable only if you don't mind that there isn't a shock, a surprise or a message in its 91...

June 20, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Good performances almost make it worthwhile.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and some violence. Characters drink and smoke. There are sexual references, including adultery. There are very tense scenes that may be upsetting to some audience members.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:July 2, 2004
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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