The Missing

Tommy Lee Jones, Cate Blanchett

Directed by Ron Howard
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 1
Community: star rating
5 1 0
December 8, 2003

Even Cate Blanchett can't save this misbegotten horse opera. As frontier woman Maggie Gilkeson, Blanchett calls on her estranged father (Tommy Lee Jones) for help when her daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) is kidnapped by a psycho Indian (Eric Schweig). Daddy left Maggie in childhood to live among the Apache, so he knows the territory. Jones hams like a Hormel, speaking half his lines in Apache and reporting that his Indian name means "shit for luck." Except for Salvatore Totino's stark, scary cinematography, the film is shit without the luck. Director Ron Howard trashes a plot out of John Ford's 1956 classic, The Searchers. He even has Blanchett echo a John Wayne line from that film: "Let's go home." My advice? Stay home and avoid The Missing.

Movie Review Main Next


Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...


Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.


    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Bird on a Wire”

    Leonard Cohen | 1969

    While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

    More Song Stories entries »