(I) (2003)

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Based on 40 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
Chicago Tribune
Good movie westerns these days may be too few and far between, but Ron Howard's The Missing is almost a great one.
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.
Philadelphia Inquirer
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.
New York Post
Ironically, what's lacking in Howard's stark, often brutal, late 19th-century chase drama is emotional punch.
Does not surpass Kevin Costner's "Open Range" for the title of Best Western of 2003, but it's a worthy effort and makes for an enjoyable (if slightly overlong) two-plus hours.
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
Entertainment Weekly
What's missing in The Missing -- despite throwing in The Everything, from magic trinkets to group hugs -- is soul.
Can't be dismissed. Yet something keeps this movie from being completely satisfying: a disconnect between the plot and the point.
New York Daily News
It's a big snooze because we can't take the main characters seriously.
Wall Street Journal
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.
Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera.

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