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Mostly, we're left staring blankly at a quartet of victimized ciphers.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Working from a script with diminishing returns by Anthony Jaswinski, Mr. Anderson smartly frontloads the movie, drawing you in with long shots of deserted cityscapes, the quiet punctured by periodic bird calls and dog barks.
Manohla Dargis - New York Times
It is creepy enough to make you hope the theater parking lot is brightly lit.
Chuck Wilson - Village Voice
The complete lack of explanation suggests Jaswinski forgot to finish his script. But Anderson tries hard to compensate, distracting us with suitably ghostly atmospherics.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Brad Anderson's supernatural thriller is stacked to keep us guessing. Initially, this makes it watchably atmospheric. But the inconclusive hints lead to the sense that he's withholding too much.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
A little more polish in the writing could have made it a must-see, but as it stands, it's a fairly solid B-movie matinee with a nicely calibrated mix of intellectual dread and visceral shock.
James Rocchi - MSN Movies
This is The Twilight Zone as written by Jean Paul Sartre. What audacity! What vision! And, alas, what a failure.
Tirdad Derakhshani - Philadelphia Inquirer
Prediction: Vanishing on 7th St. will vanish from theaters very quickly.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Mr. Anderson has evidently watched a lot of old Twilight Zone reruns. So much of the film's dense, murky palette evokes menace without mayhem, but the wrap-up at the end by Rod Serling is sadly missed.
Rex Reed - New York Observer
Brad Anderson's creepily effective low-budget thriller may not have a punch line worthy of your typical "Twilight Zone" episode, but it otherwise gets the job done in under an hour and a half with a good cast.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
All the trappings of a horror film without any real horror or jolts.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Anderson spends most of his energy creating a mood - making "Vanishing" more cerebral than white-knuckle, though a few more shrieks (mine) might have been nice.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
The film borrows from too many sources, and almost always comes up short, lacking depth, character or reason.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
it's to Anderson's credit that despite a slight script, this film keeps you on your toes almost right to the end.
James Luxford - The National
A creepy, high quality B movie
Marty Mapes - Movie Habit
Clothes minus their bodies are strewn around a darkened world in a bizarre wardrobe malfunction, and kind of the opposite of airport body scanning. Though why none of these highly resourceful characters thought night vision goggles, is anybody's guess.
Prairie Miller - Purple Revolver
The thrill goes out of writer Anthony Jaswinski's Twilight Zone-style story long before the closing credits.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
It doesn't really progress beyond what happens in the first forty minutes.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Probably it would have made a much better "Twilight Zone" episode at one-third of the length, but there's enough good, solid genre work here to make it worthwhile.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Vanishing on 7th Street feels like a classic in the making until we get to know the main characters.
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
It's a stylish thriller that falls apart under any serious scrutiny, the lack of explanation equally frustrating and compelling at the same time
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
A slight yet haunting thriller that replaces easy answers with the pervasive sense of unknowable, evil forces at work.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
The promise of its opening wears off as the film wears on.
Tim Cogshell - Boxoffice Magazine
Brad Anderson... whips it into something gorgeously terrifying, creating a sense of menace out of shadow and darkness... the likes of which I'm not sure I've ever seen on film before...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
'I exist!' is the clarion call of the characters in Vanishing on 7th Street, just before they're vanquished into a deadly netherworld of shadows. After you've seen this tedious thriller you may wish the film didn't exist at all.
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com
There are a few moments in the film that suggest just how a subtle, creepy version of that film might play. This is not that version.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Those streets full of empty clothes hold a special kind of terror. More's the pity that the film can't do anything with them.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Anderson does a lot with very little - a wavering light, a patch of darkness - and Jaswinski's script tries to break up the stage-bound monotony with a few well-timed (if not particularly informative) flashbacks.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
...the shadow-puppet apocalypse exists outside of explanations, or indeed logic of any kind. So does Vanishing on 7th Street.
Sean Gandert - Paste Magazine
...will satisfy those looking for a lightweight scare.
Andy Klein - Brand X
After a promising start with a nearly wordless opening 15 minutes, Vanishing becomes awfully talky, with far more time spent on the characters' bickering than on them racing to escape the encroaching darkness.
Noel Murray - AV Club
An extended scavenger hunt for portable sources of light: flashlights, candles, gas generators, road flares and so forth. Have one go out at your own peril.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
provides little raw material for the performers to work with
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
The movie begins to feel like a grad-school thesis masquerading as entertainment. So what's the metaphor? It's way too vague to tell.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
The star player here is Anderson, who proves that he can do his job even when other members of the creative team don't.
Daniel Hubschman - Hollywood.com
[VIDEO] Even a mediocre episode of Rod Serling's seminal television show "The Twilight Zone" would outshine this bland effort.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If Brad Anderson never conjures a truly iconic image, he still delivers a raft of mildly striking ones.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
Flawed and perhaps a bit too elusive, Vanishing is an interesting little sci-fi/horror hybrid that urges the viewer to fear the dark, skillfully executed with a healthy amount of scares and inviting confusion.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Won't be [director Brad] Anderson's big breakout, but it's a respectably eerie endeavor.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Vanishing on 7th Street is a skillful, compact chiller, unburdened by too many subplots or the tendency to overexplain what is going on.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
With Vanishing on 7th Street Anderson turns in his scariest experience since [his] initial outing as a filmmaker.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
The film does not live up to the spark it could have offered.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Comes across like an unscary episode of 'The Twilight Zone.' Whatever point the director is trying to make is anybody's guess.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
There's one easy way to keep people from criticizing a Hayden Christensen performance, and that's to cast him opposite John Leguizamo.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
Even if it never delivers the knockout blow usually crucial to films as suspenseful as this aspires to be, it's a testament to its director that it's engaging throughout.
Stephen Saito - IFC.com
It's a hell of a premise that proves effective at immediately capturing the viewer's interest...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
It's not particularly scary, but it's still a very moody and effective flick.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Wonderfully shot in deep, bleak shadows, set to an aggressively moody musical score, and quick enough to get through the apocalypse in less than 90 minutes.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Quivering with too much CGI, an bizarrely staged opening sequence, and a lackluster ending, Vanishing ends up being "just OK", but that's good enough for me.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting