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  • Summary: A father (Ryan Reynolds) tries to track down his kidnapped daughter.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 9
  2. Negative: 5 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    May 25, 2014
    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: Eric Kohn
    May 25, 2014
    A lazily plotted and largely generic thriller.
  3. Reviewed by: Dave Calhoun
    May 25, 2014
    Beneath the well-tuned atmospherics lurks a schlocky, fairly ludicrous and pretty distasteful yarn that ultimately puts the stress in all the wrong places.
  4. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 25, 2014
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    May 25, 2014
    Retreading "Prisoners" territory to an extent that at times makes you wonder if they’re two parts of some sort of Canadian auteur experiment that no one else is in on, what is lost in the transfer, however, is any of the Villeneuve film’s subtlety or shading, and we are left only with its most lurid, credulity-stretching highlights, with all other textures blasted out to snowy blankness.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew McWeeny
    May 25, 2014
    It is a ridiculous story, and these aren't human beings acting in a way that any of us would recognize.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2014
    As a straight procedural, this might have worked if Egoyan did not try the audience's patience and insult their intelligence with how utterly implausible his drama is. But line by line, scene by scene, it is offensively preposterous and crass.

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