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  • Summary: Rithy Panh uses clay figures, archival footage, and narration to revisit the atrocities committed by Cambodia's Khmer Rouge between 1975 and 1979.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Mar 18, 2014
    Either via clay dolls or fragile flesh, the truth is unmissable—as is Panh’s film itself.
  2. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Mar 19, 2014
    The audacity of The Missing Picture — a brilliant documentary about a child who held on to life in Cambodia’s killing fields — is equaled only by its soulfulness.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Apr 4, 2014
    In his own profound and ingenious way, Panh has brought the pictures and the thoughts together again.
  4. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Apr 16, 2014
    The Missing Picture feels akin to last year's great documentary, "The Act of Killing."
  5. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Jan 1, 2014
    Panh’s commentary – spoken in French by Randal Douc – searingly sets the context.
  6. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    Jan 1, 2014
    Powerful and mesmerising, this offers an fresh approach to a tough topic.
  7. Reviewed by: Neil Young
    Oct 3, 2013
    A deliberately distanced but often harrowing vision of a living hell.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. May 15, 2014
    The missing picture is a an eye opening movie to the atrocities that happened in the 1970's in Cambodia. The story is narrated in a stop motion way with small clay-made figures but the figures never move. Despite the inherent unrealistic sense that a clay figures generally impose on a movie, The Missing Picture does not fail to capture the horrendous crimes shown in this movie.

    The movie is well directed and the narrator voice adds a personal connection to the story. This movie is heartbreaking, and provocative at the same time. It is very easy to emotionally manipulate the audience when the story of a movie is heartbreaking but the Missing Picture does not manipulate the audience. It opens a window to one of the darkest periods in history of mankind. This window is eye-opening and discomforting but reminds us of what we are capable of doing once we ignore the basic rights and dignity of individuals.
  2. Feb 19, 2014
    The film itself is truly a work of artistry, pushing boundaries on documentaries using a combination of clay figures and old footages. Not only does it tell the story of one of humanity's darkest period through the director's collection of memories but it reminds us that history is part of the present and we must learn from it and respect it. Only then can we move forward. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    Do not waste your time watching this movie.
    This is a documentary about one of the darkest atrocities in history of mankind, Cambodian
    genocide known as the Khmer Rouge regime.

    The creators of the film used a combination of old chronicles and static clay figures. It was an interesting attempt but the result is monotonous, boring and dull. The movie did not appeal to me neither artistically, nor emotionally, nor intellectually.

    The fact that the movie was nominated for Oscar as the Best Foreign movie is appalling to me. I guess Political Correctness rules at Hollywood.