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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 207 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 9 out of 207
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  1. C.Bowden
    Sep 22, 2002
    1
    It started out well with the thrilling, white knuckle, real estate action. However, the begining is incidently where the movie crumbles into the land of asinine plot developments, poor casting (Forrest Whitaker, the poor, downtroden, blue collar bad guy turned teddy bear) and strained credulity (the propane scene for example.) I now have a reason to act upon my decision to quit renting It started out well with the thrilling, white knuckle, real estate action. However, the begining is incidently where the movie crumbles into the land of asinine plot developments, poor casting (Forrest Whitaker, the poor, downtroden, blue collar bad guy turned teddy bear) and strained credulity (the propane scene for example.) I now have a reason to act upon my decision to quit renting anything with the "Lifetime" formula. Expand
  2. BradH.
    Apr 29, 2002
    2
    Poor writing leaves you ready to exit the theatre after the first 30 minutes. It is utterly predictable and not even SCARY!
  3. Shootsy
    Apr 4, 2002
    2
    Feels like a B-movie, dull from A 2 Z, worst being the actors awfully directed. 2/10 for visualFX...and yet.
  4. AndyS.
    Mar 29, 2002
    2
    After a decent opening sequence with a pair of real estate brokers, this movie collapses into a dull, derivative, moderately sadistic waste of time. While Jodie Foster is not as robotic as, say, Meryl Streep, she is even less able to transcend a weak script (or less campily entertaining as she inevitably fails in the attempt). And this script is seriously bad. Again with the exception of After a decent opening sequence with a pair of real estate brokers, this movie collapses into a dull, derivative, moderately sadistic waste of time. While Jodie Foster is not as robotic as, say, Meryl Streep, she is even less able to transcend a weak script (or less campily entertaining as she inevitably fails in the attempt). And this script is seriously bad. Again with the exception of the pair of brokers, the characters are so colorless and lacking in depth and context (even for a B movie thriller) that it would be difficult to care what happens even if the action were not so preposterously stupid. All told, another pathetic, depressing assault on art from Hollywood's A-list. Expand
  5. Anisha
    Mar 31, 2002
    2
    This movie had a hackneyed plot and little action or suspense. Ill-conceived story and the highlight is Dwight Yokum's appearance as a robber. I do not understand how it was rated so highly. I would sooner see "What I did last summer..." or "Scream" a thousand times more than this one movie again.
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. 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]