Panic Room

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65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics What's this?

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Universal acclaim- based on 358 Ratings

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. The New Yorker
    Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    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: 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. Expand
  2. 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 threeBrilliant 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! Expand
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    9
    Boasting some stellar imagery from one of Hollywood's most recognizable modern directors, and an almost unbearable undercurrent of dreadfulBoasting 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. 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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