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The Clearing Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    60

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The Clearing has been directed by a successful producer. In this case it's Pieter Jan Brugge, who brings seriousness and intelligence to his newly chosen craft, but little verve.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The real problem is that Brugge and Haythe fail to satisfactorily pull off either the thriller or the marital deconstruction.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    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.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The Clearing is what's known in the biz as an alternative for adult moviegoers. Which is to say the film is a performance-driven drama devoid of special effects and loud noises. On the contrary, it's a meditation on midlife weaknesses and compensation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The Clearing doesn't feel bound by the usual formulas of crime movies. What eventually happens will emerge from the personalities of the characters, not from the requirements of Hollywood endings.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Good performances almost make it worthwhile.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief strong language and some violence. Characters drink and smoke. There are sexual references, including adultery. There are very tense scenes that may be upsetting to some audience members.

  • Families can talk about the choices made by Wayne and Eileen. If you had the chance to write a note like the one Wayne writes to Eileen, what would it say?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Tense and violent scenes.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual references, including adultery.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Smoking, drinking.

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