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After David Kim's 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned to the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop.
Drama Mystery Thriller - This is a thriller that is told entirely through computer, phone, and
general media screens, but the approach is an organic storytelling
device and less of a gimmick. John Cho fans will definitely enjoy,
for this is a major showcase for him, and Debra Messing fans will
enjoy her change of pace role. While language, violence, and drug
content is minimal, the story and subject matter is too intense for
Rolling StoneFull Review Very Good ...takes a deep dive into the dark web — and keeps moviegoers on the edge of their seats... ...a high-voltage, white-knuckle thriller told almost exclusively through smartphones, laptop screens, browser windows and surveillance footage. Searching is a technical marvel with a beating heart at its core, which makes all the difference.
Slant MagazineFull Review Above Average The film suddenly and unfortunately morphs into a generic and manipulative missing-person thriller. ...cheap tactics detract from the authenticity of the father-daughter dynamic at the core of the story, skewing toward repeated narrative rug-pulls that are as absurd as they are predictable.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 33 moviegoers:
TEENS: One male loved "Searching" and the other rated it "good/average." The ladies enjoyed it much more. All nine of them loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: One male enjoyed it very much, but didn't quite love "Searching." The other males rated it just "good/average" (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). The lone female enjoyed it very much.
ADULTS: One male loved it, two enjoyed it very much and one rated it "good/average." Just over 30% of the females loved "Searching," with another 40% indicating that they enjoyed it very much. Only about 27% rated it just "good/average."