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  • Summary: Two men fortify a nondescript British apartment so it can serve as a prison, and then kidnap a woman and tie her to a bed. Before there's even time to react, we're plunged into a very nasty situation, but not a simple one.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. A compact British drama that does more with only three people and a few modest settings than most movies do with computerized bloat and a cast of hundreds.
  2. Taut, superbly executed and consistently engrossing, The Disappearance of Alice Creed marks an auspicious feature debut for writer-director J Blakeson.
  3. 75
    Alice Creed isn't as good as Tarantino's directorial debut, or another movie it calls to mind, "A Simple Plan.'' But the genetic resemblance to those two films indicates how good much of this extremely assured picture is.
  4. 70
    The Disappearance of Alice Creed will keep your attention, but you may walk away thinking you've seen something like it before: "Sleuth," with more sex and violence.
  5. It wants to be a movie about the intersection between criminality and the class system but, for that, it could have used a bit more class.
  6. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    60
    A small but perfectly formed crime drama. And, without making a fuss, a proper nail-biter, too.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    30
    Blakeson's feature-length calling card has storyboarded austerity and sadomasochistic promise but in the end lets the game play out in a familiar flurry of double-crossings, two-timings and false deaths, content to only fetishize itself.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jul 27, 2013
    10
    brilliant so many twists really kept me wondering what was going to happen next right from the very first scene. Martin Compston is certainly an actor with a bright future. Expand
  2. May 27, 2011
    10
    One of the greatest movies ever made. Spectacular for a directional debut!
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    9
    every time you think you know how the story line is going they throw a new twist in their. this one is going in my library. one of the best movies i have seen this year! Expand
  4. Nov 25, 2010
    8
    This movie was really good. I enjoy this movie a lot. It caught my attention from the beginning. Its a wonderful suspense movie. Good acting in this movie. It wasn't Oscar nomination performance but the cast did a good job. An awesome screen play to this movie. This is one of my favorite movies of 2010. Top 10 list . Expand
  5. Jan 29, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. There are several flaws in the script, classical ones, like "Why do you HAVE to find the keys right next to the guy?" or why couldn't the guy hide the bullet until another moment, or even hide the bullet hole in the wall. Moreover, some attempts of the director in creating irony or agony fail - like the catharsis when spitting the bullet out and eating it again. The characters were poorly developed in general: the three of them are freaks, but you cannot care for anyone. Vic is too much of a perv with no smooth side seeable; the girl is spoiled and **** all the time, not losing her humanity in the captive position; and on the top of it, the actor that plays Danny was less expressive (and sleazy) than the character. Besides, wouldn't it be more interesting to make Danny a real weak character that could not even chose who should **** him for life, the guy or the girl? That would've been a great character, but the Danny presented did not show all that going on - it was more of a smartass trying to fool everyone and failing on it. It was a nice opening and at times I wanted to see the plan work, or go entirely wrong, even - the false trails that she would be dead (twice!) were just annoying - perhaps she could have been killed and the thriller would become one of those circumstantial ones. I liked the ending, although a bit predictable. It has a good setup, a nice scheme and interesting twists, but I was a bit frustrated. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2011
    6
    Starts off quite well and with a lot of attention to detail, some clever twists in the story and Gemma Arterton naked. The ending feels disappointing since the build up was so well crafted. Expand
  7. Feb 13, 2011
    1
    2 guys kidnap a girl for a ransom and have her tied up to a bed while they make their demands clear to her apparently rich father. Of course things soon get out of hand and yada yada yada. 'The Disappearance of Alice Creed' is without a doubt one of the worst films you could have the misfortune of popping into you DVD player. Not only will you be confronted with some really terrible acting, the writing of this play is so incredibly amateurish, it just beggars belief. Half the time you are listening to two guys talking to each other explaining to the audience what it is they did, how it went down and what they will do next. And the asinine plot twists they randomly inserted have to be seen to be believed. It's almost if no one actually took the time and read the script but started to roll the camera as soon as the crew was assembled and had finished their coffee. Recommended only for a good toe curling. Expand

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