Panic Room

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  • Summary: A newly divorced mother (Foster) and her young daughter are caught in a cat-and-mouse game with three intruders who break into their New York apartment searching for a hidden cache of cash.
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  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
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  1. 90
    There is something horribly apt in the way Fincher closes the drama in joyless exhaustion, leaving you certain that there will be a sequel to these events, not onscreen but in someone's home, tonight. [8 April 2002, p. 95]
  2. 83
    Richly frightening film.
  3. The movie, which suggests a combination of "Wait Until Dark" and "Rear Window," not only takes your breath away on an aesthetic level, it eloquently evokes the mother's and daughter's vulnerability.
  4. Works the basics with style and intelligence.
  5. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Things move fast enough to make it a movie to enjoy and then forget.
  6. Soon enough a pointed ode to New York City nerve-rack and survival skills dissolves into a far more average, less compelling, and sometimes just slapdash-vicious cat-and-mouse game.
  7. The cumulative effect is less thrilling than it is merely amusing.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 56
  2. Negative: 5 out of 56
  1. Apr 4, 2014
    10
    Panic Room is a near-perfect suspense thriller by Fincher. Every aspect of it is intelligent, and the product is a very successful film. ThePanic Room is a near-perfect suspense thriller by Fincher. Every aspect of it is intelligent, and the product is a very successful film. The movie benefits highly from the amazing cinematography. The camera pans the rooms, shows creative camera angles, and never misses an opportunity to produce amazing visuals. Fincher is the second master of suspense right next to Hitchcock himself, and knows how to keep us engaged and entertained throughout the film. The end result is a well-played, carefully executed, thrilling movie that never skips a beat. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2015
    10
    Director David Fincher elevates the suspense while the script by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider Man and Jurassic Park) keeps usDirector David Fincher elevates the suspense while the script by David Koepp (Mission: Impossible, Spider Man and Jurassic Park) keeps us interested into the characters and their survival and they manage to make an above average thriller, anyway their not the stars the person who really shines in the film is Jodi Foster. Fincher lets his actors fit into the characters and into the film's world, Foster shines as a heroine and so does Kristen Stewart under the direction of Mr. Fincher. It's gory alright but it's under ratted film, it's over the top and it's not extremely gore film like "Seven" or "Fight Club" but who cares really. Meg Altman (played by Jodi Foster) is divorced and cannot get over her cheating ex-husband pharmaceutical magnate Stephen Altman (Patrick Bauchau) - and their street wise pre-teen Sarah (Kristen Stewart) are spending their first night at in brownstone in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The conversions, which include an elevator and a secure panic room, while the previous owner built the panic room a wealthy recluse whose family is now fighting over the whereabouts of his vast estate. Meg doesn't know part of the estate - is 3$ million dollars is hidden in the floor in the panic room something that the burglars Burnham, Junior and Raoul know. Junior (Jared Leto) is the grandson of the previous owner, Burnham (Forest Whitaker) works for a security system that monitors the security system for the brownstone including the panic room and Raoul is hired by Junior to help him and Burnham on the plan. The three men plan on retrieving the money. But they don't know that the house is empty, the three men break into the brownstone but realize the house isn't empty as they believed. When all five people realize there are unexpected people in the house, Meg and Sarah make into the panic room safely, unfortunately the phone doesn't work which Burnham knows of course. Also he knows him and his criminal partners can't get into the panic room. Meg and Sarah are not leaving the panic room, while the three criminals aren't leaving til they get their money which is in the panic room. As Meg and Ryan try to get the message outside. Their working against time as Sarah is a diabetic who doesn't have insulin. While Meg and Sarah are trying to solve their problems, the three criminals are having trouble too, the three are differing personalities and having trouble with the motivations for the money, each of them are having thoughts about how far will they go to get the money. The film engages you and is a nail biter, after you watch this movie you'll be satisfied. Grade A Expand
  3. AlexB.
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    I love the idea of this movie as much as the movie itself. If you like Audrey Hepburn's film "Wait Until Dark," you will love Panic I love the idea of this movie as much as the movie itself. If you like Audrey Hepburn's film "Wait Until Dark," you will love Panic Room. It is very much like an updated version of that classic. Many people found that this movie wasn't thrilling enough and if you start watching it expecting a jump-out-of-your-seat thriller you will not be satisfied either. My advice for enjoying this movie the way it was meant to be, is to just sit back and put yourself in the situation and not expect startling experiances. Love this movie; it's one of my favorites! Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2015
    8
    Strong performances and a script that never fails to decrease It's intensity, Panic Room is successful thriller by an early director, DavidStrong performances and a script that never fails to decrease It's intensity, Panic Room is successful thriller by an early director, David Fincher. The film proves you don't need a huge set and million dollar effects to make a thriller film entertaining. Expand
  5. Apr 20, 2014
    7
    This is a good thriller movie.There is one problem where is the action?It's all in the end and when they run away from the room.The best pointThis is a good thriller movie.There is one problem where is the action?It's all in the end and when they run away from the room.The best point in the movie is the cast(Forest Whitaker,Jodie Foster,Jared Leto) Expand
  6. Nov 12, 2013
    7
    Panic Room will make you jump with intensity.
    A very simplistic but extremely well crafted plot with heart pounding suspense that steals the
    Panic Room will make you jump with intensity.
    A very simplistic but extremely well crafted plot with heart pounding suspense that steals the show, Jodie Foster once again finds success.
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  7. ChadS.
    Apr 13, 2002
    5
    "Panic Room" fails to generate the suspense required to work an audience over because the intruders needed to be more menacing. Jarod "Panic Room" fails to generate the suspense required to work an audience over because the intruders needed to be more menacing. Jarod Leto's character is too feeble. Forest Whitaker's character might feel at home with a flick like "Hope Floats". Only Dwight Yoakam's character is capable of killing the hostages.... The movie doesn't need criminals with feelings. And that is why "Panic Room" is just an exercise in genre and a time-killer. Expand

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