Brilliantly conceived and executed, Searching begins with a moving history of the Kim family, with all the key moments of their lives experienced through videos and photographs. In the present, David Kim (John Cho, Star Trek, Harold & Kumar) and his daughter Margot (Michelle La) interact a great deal through messaging, and are perhaps not as close as David imagines. When Margot goes missing, David begins a frantic search with the help of Detective Vick (Debra Messing, Will & Grace), using all the online tools at his disposal and the traces that Margot left behind on her laptop. A clever commentary on modern interactions, Searching is an edge of your seat thriller in which you actually care for characters.
Cutting to the emotional core of what social media says about us, the result is as much a time capsule of our relationship to (and reliance upon) modern technology as it is a cutting-edge digital thriller – Peter Debruge, Variety
Impressively, first-time filmmaker and former Google commercials creator Aneesh Chaganty has made a real movie, the story of a family that morphs into a crime drama that gradually ratchets up the tension as all good thrillers must. – Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter