Panic (2000)



Critic Consensus: This quirky little film about a gangster in therapy feels fresh and well-crafted.

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A middle-aged man finds love in the last place he was looking -- his psychiatrist's waiting room -- in this dark comedy drama. Alex (William H. Macy) is a man in his mid-forties who is having something of a midlife crisis; he's unhappy with his life; his marriage to Martha (Tracey Ullman) is going through a rough patch; he's worried about his six-year-old son, on whom he dotes; and he wishes he hadn't bucked under to the wishes of his domineering father Michael (Donald Sutherland) and started … More

Rating: R (for language and elements of violence)
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Henry Bromell
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On DVD: Oct 23, 2001
Roxie Releasing


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Critic Reviews for Panic

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
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Bromell ... is adept at piercing the heart of dysfunctional family ties.

Full Review… | June 7, 2001
Dallas Morning News
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It's less the plot than the texture that makes the film such an engaging surprise.

Full Review… | May 17, 2001
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The results are quietly electrifying.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Detroit News
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Stylish and assured, but it's finally too studied to get the kind of emotional heft it's looking for from its effects.

Full Review… | April 20, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Radiates quiet and calm, while simmering with tension both comic and tragic.

April 20, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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Audience Reviews for Panic


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Great cast great movie. 4 1/2 stars

Bruce Bruce

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Cast: William H. Macy, John Ritter, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland, Tracey Ullman, Barbara Bain, David Dorfman, Tina Lifford, Bix Barnaba, Nicholle Tom

Director: Henry Bromell

Summary: Alex seems like a normal guy, with a family and a job selling mail-order trinkets. But Alex also has a secret: He's a contract killer suffering a midlife crisis. When he visits a therapist, he meets Sarah, the one person he may have needed all along.

My Thoughts: "I think the title of the film is misleading and I'm not the first to point in out. Alex is more in a numb state of mind. No 'Panic' in this film. Alex is a layed back hit man who has become tired of his life. The best moments in the film is Alex's conversations with his six year old son Sammy, who is played by David Dorfman. He was adorable and really great in the film. The story is kinda slow but not in a dragging way. More in the way that it lets the story play out without being rushed. I enjoyed the movie and even liked the ending, even if it was predictable. William H. Macy gives a great performance, and it was nice seeing a film with the late John Ritter. Miss him."


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