Panic Reviews

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Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
Singlehandedly, William H. Macy turns "Panic" into a slimmed-down "American Beauty" - a passive man lashing out to break a cycle of dissatisfaction and familial strife for happiness, however fleeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Nesselson
June 6, 2008
A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
An unjustly abandoned film, one that should be seen immediately on the outside chance that it makes a stop in your town. It probably won't stay there long.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 11, 2003
...the film never really takes off.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
William H. Macy shines in unsettling, unusual thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Quirky, funny, dark, it hits your funny bone, offends your sense of ethics, occasionally even touches your heartstrings.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 12, 2002
Panic is the kind of movie that reminds you of other movies, then turns that familiarity into an asset.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
Macy is ... remarkably good.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 26, 2002
Even if no one sees it, it is one of the year's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael Dequina
June 14, 2001
A worthy film that's well worth seeking out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 7, 2001
Bromell ... is adept at piercing the heart of dysfunctional family ties.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 17, 2001
Henry Bromell does a fine job of directing Panic. It's a pity he didn't write a better script.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 17, 2001
It's less the plot than the texture that makes the film such an engaging surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
May 15, 2001
A beautifully crafted, superbly cast little film that's the very model of what a small independent picture ought to be.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Greg Dean Schmitz
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
May 8, 2001
Another case of a film that is exactly what many people would like to see more of in theaters, and yet... Hollywood flinched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 20, 2001
The results are quietly electrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2001
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 20, 2001
Radiates quiet and calm, while simmering with tension both comic and tragic.
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
April 20, 2001
Probably boasts more real psychological insight per scene than any couple of weeks' worth of Sopranos episodes.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
April 19, 2001
There's so much that's fresh and surprising about the film that it deserves to be seen.
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