The ClearingHD Closed Captioning
Pieter Jan Brugge
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About the Movie
Wayne and Eileen Hayes (Robert Redford, Helen Mirren) appear to be living the American dream until Wayne is kidnapped in broad daylight from their peaceful Pittsburgh estate. Suddenly, the man who at one point prided himself on being a cunning negotiator finds his fate resting in the hands of a kidnapper (Willem Dafoe) who has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 131
- Fresh: 56
- Rotten: 75
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: This is one of those moderately engrossing movies that seems to collapse all at once during the wrap-up, yet it's well-acted all around, especially by its star, who once again reminds us why audiences have liked him for 40 years.
Rotten: A thriller stripped of thrills -- or, even worse, a thriller that thinks of itself as somehow rising above the vulgar pleasures of excitement.
Fresh: The brilliance of The Clearing lies in its ability to tell parallel stories and make both equally riveting.
Rotten: Everything about it is stultifying, unexceptional and dull.
- Genre: Drama
- Released: 2004
- © 2004 Mediastream Dritte Film GmbH & Co. Beteiligungs KG and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.