Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  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. 90
    An old-house thriller retrofitted for the 21st century without any touch of unneeded flash, Panic Room is scary enough to do for downtown living what Jaws did for beaches.
  3. 88
    Fincher eschews quick cuts in favor of long, leisurely ones. He knows what he's doing, and the proof is in the result. The suspense in Panic Room never ebbs, and that makes for a thoroughly entertaining -- if somewhat exhausting -- 108 minutes.
  4. 83
    Richly frightening film.
User Score
7.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 165 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 54
  2. Negative: 5 out of 54
  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 3, 2014
    8
    One of the finest thrillers of her later career, Jodie Foster is exceptional in Panic Room. The film is fascinating beyond belief--and to thisOne of the finest thrillers of her later career, Jodie Foster is exceptional in Panic Room. The film is fascinating beyond belief--and to this day, remains one of my go-to thrillers. Full Review »
  3. Jun 8, 2014
    7
    Surprisingly entertaining little flick. Would recommend to anyone whose already seen the best in genre (as it doesn't quite reach thesesSurprisingly entertaining little flick. Would recommend to anyone whose already seen the best in genre (as it doesn't quite reach theses heights) but it a gripping, suspense-laden movie. Full Review »