The Disappearance of Finbar

  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2000

Mixed or average reviews - based on 8 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8

Critic Reviews

  1. Acted by an appealing cast, enlivened with well-chosen and varied music and filmed with bleak beauty by the cinematographer Eduardo Serra.
  2. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    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
    The beautiful ice-blue landscapes are really the only reason to sit through this rambling and rather silly first feature by writer-director Sue Clayton.
  4. 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?!"
  5. New York Daily News
    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]
  6. 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.
  7. 40
    An ambitious and sloppy, yet occasionally likeable, cross-European fable.
  8. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Foreman
    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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