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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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  1. Positive: 23 out of 36
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  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. 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: 45 out of 55
  2. Negative: 5 out of 55
  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. MarshallM.
    Oct 29, 2005
    10
    Amazingly intelligent! one of my favorites! muss -see!!!
  3. AlexB.
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    I love the idea of this movie as much as the movie itself. If you like Audrey Hepburn's film "Wait Until Dark," you will love Panic I love the idea of this movie as much as the movie itself. If you like Audrey Hepburn's film "Wait Until Dark," you will love Panic Room. It is very much like an updated version of that classic. Many people found that this movie wasn't thrilling enough and if you start watching it expecting a jump-out-of-your-seat thriller you will not be satisfied either. My advice for enjoying this movie the way it was meant to be, is to just sit back and put yourself in the situation and not expect startling experiances. Love this movie; it's one of my favorites! 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. 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. Expand
  6. Mar 17, 2014
    7
    This one is pretty good. Overall, it does a good job of making you feel anxious as David Fincher does a great job creating suspense in thisThis one is pretty good. Overall, it does a good job of making you feel anxious as David Fincher does a great job creating suspense in this one. At every turn, there is yet another thing that makes that suspense build and build. Jodie Foster does a typically great job in the lead and I also found myself enjoying the performance of the three robbers; Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam. Each one really represented a different type of robber, with one filling the "lawful evil", "neutral evil", and "chaotic evil", respectively. It was interesting to see this kind of shared focus in this film between Foster and her daughter and then the three robbers as they try to figure their way out of the situation they find themselves in. Overall, this one is not too complex, but that is not problematic, as it is quite enjoyable.

    My main complaint is concerned with the robbers. While I enjoyed watching them all fill the different roles of "evil", the film would have been better served if either A) we never saw the robbers' faces/heard them speak or B) they were all "chaotic evil". The added suspense from both of those options would have really elevated this one. Though, I am not complaining too much, because, as I said, I did enjoy the role to robbers played.
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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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