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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 34
  2. Negative: 14 out of 34
  1. Surprises with its intensity and grip.
  2. 50
    It's not technically true to say the movie cheats, but let's say it abandons the truth and depth of its earlier scenes.
  3. 50
    While the final revelation is laughably absurd, DeNiro and Fanning are so far inside their roles that one can't giggle for long.
  4. 40
    The film's last 20 minutes devolve into a tedious slog through the kind of pointless, predictable running and screaming that give horror movies a bad name.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    38
    There's not a cliché that isn't nailed.
  6. 30
    Like far too many junky post-"Sixth Sense" thrillers, Hide And Seek essentially exists for the sake of its third-act plot twist, but the climactic revelation merely pushes it from bad to worse.
  7. 0
    Hide and Seek follows no semblance of internal logic--the unveiling of Charlie is a ludicrous cheat, the last reel a unique paroxysm of rancid idiocy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 34
  2. Negative: 10 out of 34
  1. Alex
    Mar 29, 2010
    10
    I thought the movie was well done I don't know what the critics are saying very good twist and it made me jump go watch it if you love I thought the movie was well done I don't know what the critics are saying very good twist and it made me jump go watch it if you love thrillers. Expand
  2. AlmaL.
    Nov 5, 2005
    10
    Just Great!!!
  3. JessP.
    Aug 7, 2006
    9
    I thought it was really good and it was jumpy and very twisted!!
  4. BrianK.
    Sep 18, 2005
    8
    Ethan, don't worry what Sam says about you never being a friend of Dakota's. Dakota is very open to her fans. In one rare moment, I Ethan, don't worry what Sam says about you never being a friend of Dakota's. Dakota is very open to her fans. In one rare moment, I was able to visit with her for 25 minutes before she had to leave. I even got a hug out of it at the end, which she gave without hesitation. Anyway, I only saw the movie because Dakota was in it. Yes, the plot is borrowed, yes the story is weak in some areas, but Fanning is nothing less than hypnotic--pure magic. Expand
  5. Jun 2, 2013
    7
    Nice twist at the end
  6. matta.
    Aug 25, 2005
    6
    I think that most critics are missing the point. Yea, the screenplay isn't exactly first-rate and De Niro isn't as good as he used I think that most critics are missing the point. Yea, the screenplay isn't exactly first-rate and De Niro isn't as good as he used to be, but these kind of movies are out to win oscars, they supposed to scare the shit out of you, and frankly, I was scared, or better yet, disturbed. This was mostly due to Dakota Fanning's performance, which is nothing short of incredible for a child her age. Again, nothing amazing here, and the ending is contrived and a little maddening, but take it for what it is and you won't be all that disappointed. Expand
  7. MarkB.
    Sep 7, 2005
    3
    Little Dakota Fanning has got to be not only the most well-adjusted child actress in Hollywood history, but the most emotionally healthy and Little Dakota Fanning has got to be not only the most well-adjusted child actress in Hollywood history, but the most emotionally healthy and stable youngster in America PERIOD. Not only did she spend 90% of her screen time in War of the Worlds screaming at and running from Martians, but earlier this year was dealing with parental death, psychotic imaginary playmates and 87 other varieties of childhood trauma (to say nothing of having to look and dress like The Addams Family's Wednesday, only with brown sweaters instead of black dresses) in this derivative, mean-spirited horror movie frrom the director of Swimfan. (I'm sure Orson Welles never had a #1 box office weekend as a director, but this hack gets two different ones. Is there no justice in this world or what?) The usual array of pseudo-ominous tracking shots and cheeseball false alarms is made even more predictable by the fact that two of Robert DeNiro's lovely, talented costars, Elisabeth Shue and Amy Irving, are former Oscar nominees who've clearly seen better days, which gives you an idea of the thanklessness of their roles AND the relative length of their screen time. (Melissa Leo, of TV's acclaimed Homicide: Life on the Streets, also turns up, giving a performance that's both creepy and touching...and way too good for this.) Chances are you'll alternate yor viewing time between exclamations of "Man, those filmmakers are sick puppies!" and "Just how stupid do they think we are?" A couple of rather original jolts (such as Dakota's flip-movie book) make this vaguely better than DeNiro's last horror outing, the rock-bottom Godsend...but that's like saying that sawing your thumb and forefinger off in a workshop accident is preferable to losing your whole hand. And by the way, remember when DeNiro's appearance in a non-Scorsese film was a virtual guarantee that you were STILL going to see something terrific--be it an ambitious epic like The Mission, a guest turn in The Untouchables or even a purely commercial action-comedy like Midnight Run? The (hopefully not) late, lamented IFC game show Ultimate Film fanatic had a trivia category last year entitled "DeNiro: The Sellout Years"; if the writers of that category had known at the time of this and Godsend, they might well have altered the title to "DeNiro: The Whorehouse Years"! Expand

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