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612 Ratings


Directed by Aneesh Chaganty
United States, 2018


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.

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Searching Directed by Aneesh Chaganty

Awards & Festivals

Sundance Film Festival

2018 | Winner: Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2019 | Nominee: Best Male Lead

National Board of Review

2018 | Winner: Top 10 Independent Films

Critics reviews

Other films have tried to tell a story this way (“Unfriended” is one example, though it’s nowhere near as clever as this movie, or as knowledgable about the tech it shows us). But none have done as fine a job of integrating the emotional and narrative content of a story with all the visual and sonic bells and whistles, so that it all plays as a seamless whole and feels organic and true to how we live now.
September 16, 2018
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What are people saying?

  • chanandre's rating of the film Searching

    cho for the win. The essential Internet movie. Surpasses Social Network and Gone Girl. How many times have i cried from tension? Few times. That ending is so Schrader. This deserves all the hype. The windows nods are so cool. that's a great father. thank you Cho for representing. I expect more than a nom. This a powerhouse performance. I could see a ten-hour movie with this guy. His seriousness is oh so compelling.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Searching

    I get why anyone would feel this movie is a bit too 'gentle' for a found footage genre that's already seen graphic exorcisms and snuff films, but I was onboard from the film's opening minutes that go right for the heartstrings in a manner not unlike Pixar's "Up." Writer/director Aneesh Chaganty cites M. Night Shyamalan as an influence, and he's clearly studied M. Night's knack for satisfying emotional through-lines.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Searching

    Aside from being a taut and twisty thriller with a measured and harrowing performance from John Cho, "Searching" (brilliantly) uses its novel presentation to meditate on performativity and hypocrisy in our social media avatars. The way the filmmakers are able to find the dread and panic in pauses, rewrites, and the mouse lingering over photographs gives our devices a strange pathetic fallacy that's truly haunting.

  • Palmat's rating of the film Searching

    Apart from the within-frame-schtick this is pretty standard normcore thriller. Thanks to Cho the movie works for the most time but as things get complicated I could not shake the feeling I was watching a by the numbers TV-movie. And I am not sure that the revelations in the third act are that exciting or actually makes sense logically. Still, the film was well made and entertaining as a whole.

  • Sean Patrick Stevens's rating of the film Searching

    This was way better than I ever would have anticipated for what is essentially a found footage movie. Actually, I tend to think the Hitchcock meets twitterverse screenplay will be studied in film schools for a long time to come.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Searching

    Aside from the touching homage to Up's first 10 minutes, there's very little in Searching that doesn't feel forced or contrived. The more time you spend thinking about the plot machinations, the more nonsensical the film becomes, which would be OK had it been sold for what it is: a pulpy beach read.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Searching

    So intense it's able to sit alongside "Prisoners" and "Gone Girl" as one of the finest mystery-thrillers of the decade, "Searching" is a powerful reminder of the digital lives we're living in conjunction with our "real" lives. Avoiding alarmism by showing the practical progression of an all-too-familiar timeline of a missing person, this might've been seen as hyperbolic 15 years ago. It's painfully realistic now.

  • Andhika Eka Buana's rating of the film Searching

    Don't let the whole gimmicky laptop-screen-and-cctv-cam fooled you; SEARCHING is more PRISONERS and/or GONE GIRL than UNFRIENDED and/or PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. Still can't believe they successfully disguised an AAA thriller by framing it as a low budget experimental narrative slash commentary on how the internet has shaped our way of problem solving. What a low-key masterpiece.

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