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  • Summary: Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementosMatthew (Ryan Reynolds) steps briefly into a diner and comes out to find that his young daughter Cassandra has vanished without a trace from the back of his truck. Her unsolved abduction destroys Matthew's once-happy relationship with his wife, Tina (Mireille Enos), who, haunted by mementos of Cassandra that appear mysteriously at her work, suspects her husband of foul play. Years later, when detectives Nicole (Rosario Dawson) and Jeffrey (Scott Speedman) discover recent images of Cassandra online, Matthew risks everything to ensure his daughter's safe return—and to save himself and Tina from the limbo of unrelenting despair. [A24] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 19
  2. Negative: 7 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 25, 2014
    80
    This is Egoyan’s best film for a very long time: like Reynolds, he needed a hit, and The Captive is a welcome return to the form of The Sweet Hereafter. Its eeriness creeps up on you and taps you on the shoulder, and when you spin around, it’s still behind you.
  2. Reviewed by: A.A. Dowd
    Dec 10, 2014
    58
    The structural gamesmanship is just a smokescreen, a way to obfuscate the pulp nature of what is, ultimately, little more than a glorified, low-aiming potboiler.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    Dec 9, 2014
    50
    What’s most frustrating about The Captive is that it includes all the elements for a potentially great Egoyan movie—they’re just buried in the mountain of schlock.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    40
    Not exciting enough to be taken as straightforward thriller and not engaging enough for a dramatic character piece, Egoyan's The Captive is held back by its own lame script and a distinct lack of necessity.
  5. Reviewed by: James Rocchi
    Nov 20, 2014
    40
    The Captive is chock full of sealed rooms, kidnappings and abducted prisoners, but what it can never escape is its director's own shadow.
  6. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 25, 2014
    30
    The deftness with which the helmer manipulated time in his earlier pics eludes him in this generic procedural context... leaving us with obfuscation but no genuine sense of mystery.
  7. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    May 25, 2014
    20
    The plotting here is so hopelessly tangled, clichéd, and bereft of psychological complexity that it's difficult to care what happens to any of these people.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 4, 2015
    9
    Solid throughout. Ryan Reynolds is typically excellent. The acting is good, the story structure is sound. The subject matter is difficult andSolid throughout. Ryan Reynolds is typically excellent. The acting is good, the story structure is sound. The subject matter is difficult and verges on heartbreaking. Recommended for fans of Reynolds, Egoyan or basic suspense thrillers. Don't be put off by the critics who have one thing in common - they have never made a movie. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2015
    8
    Stumbled upon this on cable and was completely engrossed. Performances are solid, direction outstanding (and ultimately gripping) and story isStumbled upon this on cable and was completely engrossed. Performances are solid, direction outstanding (and ultimately gripping) and story is grim but compelling. Expand
  3. Feb 21, 2015
    4
    Good performances, No where near as bad as critics say it is. That being said though, The story could have been so much better. It was soGood performances, No where near as bad as critics say it is. That being said though, The story could have been so much better. It was so unsatisfying to sit through, So slow, and the ending wrapped everything up in a very disappointing way. The potential was there for a solid thriller and it just sort of failed to deliver. Expand

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