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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 156 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 9 out of 156

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  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. 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, andPanic 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. Jun 8, 2013
    10
    Intense old-house thriller ready to take your breath away. The cast here is excellent (Foster, Stewart, Leto and Whitaker) and Fincher's direction is exceptional as always.
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    Brilliant movie loved it to bits, thrilling till the last minute, Sarah looks like a boy though.Perfect besides one aspect! One of the three crooks is way too likeable and should have never made it into the final cut!
  4. Aug 19, 2013
    9
    Boasting some stellar imagery from one of Hollywood's most recognizable modern directors, and an almost unbearable undercurrent of dreadful tension throughout, "Panic Room" easily makes for one of the most potent home invasion thrillers I've ever seen.
  5. Apr 4, 2012
    9
    Panic Room is actually quite scary and with a interesting plot it is filled with action and excitment. It kept me guessing what was going to happen next.
  6. 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 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.
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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. An above-average thriller.
  2. 75
    The movie resembles a chess game; the board and all of the pieces are in full view, both sides know the rules, and the winner will simply be the better strategist.
  3. 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]