Parents' Guide to

Missing

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Exciting, diverse, screen-based mystery has strong violence.

Movie PG-13 2023 111 minutes
Missing Movie Poster: Text message exchange on a cracked phone screen

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 12+

Not as scary as described

The movie is definitely graphic, but if your kids have seen top gun maverick they can handle it. Really good and interesting movie. It has some scary scenes but nothing huge. I would say 12 and up maybe even 11 year olds.
age 12+

could have been better

Missing is a film that tells a very standard young adult mystery story in a very interesting looking way that will have you giggling the whole time. The story feels very similar to most other young adult mysteries in the sense that it starts out very intriguing but becomes so far fetched and unbelievable that it completely alienate the audience and this film I feel displays the worst of it, It has so many reveals to keep the audience interested but the majority of them don’t have much importance to the story and all these plot twists are so loosely connected at times it is laughable. Another thing I feel I have to address is the way this film is made with the modern twist on the found footage style. The problem with this in this film especially is, in an effort to make this appealing to current audiences this film will become extremely dated in the span of 5 years and will be completely forgotten. Another issue i have will this style in this film is there are glimpses of something great and the directors must know this due to the fact that they included it but they didn’t use it to its full potential, that being when we are put in the eyes of the main character and we don’t see her on the facetime screen but we only see what she’s seeing and the directors let us really take in the details and develop our own takes on the information we are receiving rather that doing very quick cuts to keep the audience engaged. But ultimately they didn’t do enough of it to make it worthwhile which pretty much sums up my thoughts on this film as a whole.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (27 ):

Taking place entirely on computer screens and video monitors, this thriller builds a clever, frantic, and emotional mystery, even if it finds itself stretched a bit too thin as it reaches its climax. Like its spiritual predecessor, Searching (with which it shares only its motif), Missing is a mystery for the modern age, with its 18-year-old hero clicking from web browsers to notepads to FaceTime while hacking email accounts and hiring out-of-country help, all at lightning speed. (Even Sherlock Holmes' head would spin.) Co-writers and directors Will Merrick and Nick Johnson -- who worked as editors on Searching -- establish an exciting pace, as well as an exciting main character in June, and all of her quick-clicks tickle viewers' brains. The filmmakers also admirably attempt to tackle the serious business of domestic abuse, but when their narrative leaves the computer screen and switches to security camera monitors, Missing starts to stumble a little, although it comes back with a satisfying snap of a solution. Yes, in retrospect things begin to fall apart under scrutiny, but it's still a perfectly satisfying viewing experience.

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