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The Vanishing of Sidney Hall

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The movie follows an enigmatic detective as he embarks on a cross-country search for a once-prominent author who's mysteriously disappeared after a string of dangerous arsons have targeted his celebrated but controversial first novel.
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The Young Folks
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of The Vanishing of Sidney Hall is that nobody told writer/director Shawn Christensen that his gag-on-impact green smoothie of dated arthouse tropes was, in fact, a comedy.
March 07, 2018
Los Angeles Times
The most passable lens through which to watch writer-director Shawn Christensen's risible indie drama "The Vanishing of Sidney Hall" is by counting the many ways it grates as both an agonized-artist pity party and a male fantasy of envied power.
March 01, 2018
indieWire
Unspools into nearly two hours of baffling narrative choices, weak character development, and so many offensive cliches that it would be funny if they wasn't so, well, offensive.
January 26, 2017
Cinemalogue
When a publicist tells Sidney, "You're being drunk and pretentious and I'm gonna punch you in the face," it's as if she's reading the minds of moviegoers.
March 09, 2018
Film Inquiry
It's ambitious, takes risks, and contains some finely crafted lines ("Life isn't very interesting unless you're a bit psychotic"), and yet I'm still not sure I could recommend you give up two hours of your life to see it.
March 24, 2018
One Guy's Opinion
Suffers from an air of affectation and artificiality made worse by the convoluted structure imposed on the narrative.
March 02, 2018
Common Sense Media
Swearing, implied abuse in "tortured artist" drama.
March 02, 2018
Hollywood Reporter
The artificially constructed nature of the narrative gives the supposedly shocking revelations way too much importance, essentially subjugating any sense of character development and flaws to its mystery-type structure.
January 27, 2017
RogerEbert.com
In the unlikely event that you've ever been truly curious as to how much M.F.A.-style toxic masculinity can be packed into one motion picture, you ought to check out The Vanishing of Sidney Hall.
March 02, 2018
New York Times
A tortured mystery dripping with pretentiousness.
March 01, 2018
Village Voice
Christensen favors dreamy shots of dusty libraries and desert horizons that, while beautiful, don't make up for the contrived plot driving Sidney toward his destiny.
February 28, 2018