Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Nov 14, 2012
    100
    Seemingly banal in its conceit, wildly startling in its execution, it tracks a film crew that, like a detective squad, investigates what became of an ordinary man.
  2. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Nov 14, 2012
    100
    Remains a primo example that cinema actually traffics in truthiness 24 frames per second.
  3. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Nov 16, 2012
    90
    Imamura's square-framed, black-and-white imagery, in all its various stylistic incarnations, proves as compelling through the docu's myriad detours as in any of his better-known psychological thrillers.
  4. Reviewed by: Farran Smith Nehme
    Nov 15, 2012
    75
    A groundbreaking, highly influential film, A Man Vanishes is a fiercely brilliant piece of work, but it's more intellectual challenge than pleasure.
  5. Reviewed by: Fernando F. Croce
    Nov 14, 2012
    75
    The earthiest of Japanese New Wave directors, Shohei Imamura goes fascinatingly meta in this 1967 hybrid of investigative tract and ruminative experiment.

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