Panic Room

Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36

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  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    60
    Panic Room is fluidly made, and it keeps the audience quiet and unpleasantly gripped. But the only surprise is the absence of surprise; that trap is in too-plain view.
  2. A well-crafted exercise in urban paranoia that's so controlled it never achieves the reckless, visceral immediacy its subject matter demands.
  3. What's surprising about this traditional thriller, moderately successful but not completely satisfying, is exactly how genteel and unsurprising the execution turns out to be.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    50
    Might give you a few decorating ideas if you happen to have been wondering about a home bomb shelter, but it's a thriller that doesn't thrill.
  6. Feels like a Fincher film: It possesses the same smarts, the same visual panache, the same violence. But not the same heart.
  7. I was never bored but only occasionally interested.
  8. 50
    The kind of joyless, over-calculated hit that may leave viewers feeling not haunted but headachy.
  9. Foster is fine, but the story's outcome would seem a tad more uncertain if another actress had the part. How scary are three New York tough guys when you've handled Hannibal Lecter in your time?
  10. 40
    Might be entertaining for those who like seeing a terrified teenage girl watch a loved one get beaten to a pulp while she slides into a diabetic coma. For the rest of us it's both stagnant and vaguely unpleasant.
  11. 40
    Like the shelter for which it is named, Panic Room is an efficiently tooled construction (albeit one whose success is overly predicated on its villains' single-minded idiocy). But unlike the eponymous treasure trove, there's nothing inside.
  12. It's difficult to work up a strong case of the heebie-jeebies when you keep getting thrown out of the movie by all the atrocious acting.
  13. The cumulative effect is less thrilling than it is merely amusing.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 358 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 57
  2. Negative: 5 out of 57
  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. Full Review »
  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 Full Review »
  3. Feb 24, 2015
    9
    David Fincher once again gives his viewers the feeling as though they are omnipotent as we look as a frighteningly realistic and heartDavid Fincher once again gives his viewers the feeling as though they are omnipotent as we look as a frighteningly realistic and heart stopping thriller. The performances are flawless, the direction is flawless, and the only flaw I have with it is a pretty basic plot and set up. And emotional and thrilling film. Full Review »