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Panic Reviews

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James Berardinelli
February 7, 2001
Once you've seen the first hour, there's really no need to sit through the rest, since almost everything that transpires during the final thirty minutes is easily predicted by anyone who understands the conventional storyline handbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Christopher Null
February 7, 2001
Panic is a drama, and an overwrought one at that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
It's an interesting idea that could have used a more experienced hand at the helm.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 11, 2003
...the film never really takes off.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 7, 2001
A first film made with joy and with a writer's gift for character and dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
William H. Macy shines in unsettling, unusual thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 23, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
January 31, 2001
It's almost a surprise to find the villainy so real and three-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 7, 2001
One of the best movies I've seen this year.
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
February 7, 2001
A witty little film.
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
Rob Blackwelder
February 1, 2001
A brilliantly observant, darkly humorous and immaculately acted movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
January 1, 2000
"Panic" makes mistteps, but also takes some intriguing side roads, particularly in its unique familial relationships.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
It's a smart film with weighty dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
February 7, 2001
Mr. Bromell's shrewdness in constructing narrative is a bit more advanced than his directing skills, but he has worked out Panic intelligently and supported his script with an able cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 7, 2001
The movie equivalent of a great read at the beach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 8, 2001
Panic offers a more naturalistic analysis of male midlife crisis than the grotesquely overpraised American Beauty.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 5, 2001
A black-comedy gem.
| Original Score: 4/5
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