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The Search Image
Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics What's this?

  • Summary: 1999, the Second Chechen War. After his parents are killed in their village, a small boy flees, joining the flood of refugees. He meets Carole, a European Union delegation head and little by little, with her help, he will return to life. At the same time, his elder sister Raïssa searches tirelessly for him amongst the civilian exodus. There’s also 20-year-old Kolia, a recent Russian Army recruit. He will gradually be overwhelmed by the daily life of war. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    May 25, 2014
    50
    The result is vivid when focusing on those directly involved in the war but laborious when devoted to the fretful hand-wringing of do-gooder outsider characters, which is a lot of the time.
  2. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    May 25, 2014
    50
    The Search lacks the the credible emotions of the original and never assembles a convincing reason for its existence.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    May 25, 2014
    40
    Intermittently stirring and undeniably well made as it slowly unspools a multi-pronged drama set during the 1999 outbreak of the Second Chechen War, the picture has run-of-the-mill pacing and storytelling lapses that are compounded by its ultimately hectoring, didactic approach.
  4. Reviewed by: John Bleasdale
    May 25, 2014
    40
    There's no doubting Hazanavicius' sincerity in trying to bring the Chechen conflict, the war crimes committed against the civilian community and the indifference of the international community to light, but it's this righteousness that gets in the way of The Search working as a film first and foremost.
  5. Reviewed by: Tim Robey
    May 25, 2014
    40
    Hazanavicius has confused sobriety with impact, and mulched down all the stories you might want to tell about Chechnya into a generic, undermotivated wallow.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 25, 2014
    40
    It could be that Hazanavicius wanted, once again, to channel some of that Old Hollywood big-hearted sincerity — just as he did with his silent-movie triumph The Artist. But the outcome here is naive and misjudged.
  7. Reviewed by: Oliver Lyttelton
    May 25, 2014
    25
    One can’t fault Hazanavicius’ motivations too much, especially given the lack of attention given to the events in Chechnya over the past fifteen years... It’s just a shame that he does it such a banal and trite way.