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  • Summary: Danny Quinn (Griffin) travels to Sweden after receiving a call from his friend Finbar Flynn (Rhys Meyers), who mysteriously disappeared three years ago.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. Acted by an appealing cast, enlivened with well-chosen and varied music and filmed with bleak beauty by the cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
  2. Narrative-driven and determinedly unpredictable, The Disappearance of Finbar is true to its mandate as a mystery story to a fault. [18 Jul 1987]
  3. 50
    [Rhys Meyers] remains trapped in an enervating road movie - shelved so long that Rhys Meyers still appears to have baby fat - summed up when Finbar, who turns up in Finland (natch), asks whey-faced Danny, "You couldn't find anything better to do than to come find me?!"
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Nothing that makes much sense in Sue Clayton's strained fable about friendship, betrayal and the escapist dream of disappearing in the midst of a miserable patch of life. [17 Mar 2000]
  5. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    Brit filmmaker Sue Clayton's muddled feature bow is full of intriguing ideas and incidental charms that fail to come together into a cohesive whole.
  6. 40
    An ambitious and sloppy, yet occasionally likeable, cross-European fable.
  7. Part of the problem is that the Finbar character is both underdeveloped and unattractive - you don't get a sense of why anyone would miss him, let alone go searching for him in the snow. [17 Mar 2000]

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