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Hide and Seek (2005)

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13

Average Rating: 3.8/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 20 | Rotten: 135

Robert De Niro and especially Dakota Fanning have earned some praise for their work in Hide and Seek, but critics have called the rest of the film derivative, illogical and somewhat silly.

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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 32

Robert De Niro and especially Dakota Fanning have earned some praise for their work in Hide and Seek, but critics have called the rest of the film derivative, illogical and somewhat silly.

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"Come out, come out, wherever you are!" That command is familiar to everyone who has played the children's game, Hide and Seek. The words and game take us back to an innocent carefree time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates. Many children could even enjoy a spirited game with imaginary friends. But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real...for young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide and Seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but

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Mystery & Suspense

Barry Josephson

Jul 5, 2005

$51.0M

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All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (20) | Rotten (135) | DVD (37)

A tawdry cocktail of red herrings, cheap psychology, and shameless horror-movie tropes.

October 6, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The movie goes down the tubes in the last third.

February 5, 2005 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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[An] idiotic, yawn-a-minute thriller.

February 3, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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Follows no semblance of internal logic.

February 1, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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I think it's just so well made, so well photographed.

January 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Through its first two-thirds, at least, Hide and Seek does a good enough job of piquing our curiosity that the movie's ultimate dumbness is more than a minor insult.

January 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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Older teens may enjoy; too creepy for kids.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

The movie starts out as one thing and suddenly jumps the tracks into something else. Then there's the question of credibility that this abrupt switch invites.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This movie has more red herrings than an Agatha Christie novel combined with the aquarium downtown. The real question is, 'How did this stinker attract such a big name cast?'

September 25, 2006
Christianity Today

Shameless in its appropriation of incidents and atmosphere from earlier horror movies, with De Niro giving one of the emptier performances of his latter-day career.

February 7, 2006 Full Review Source: MTV

The best way to tell when things are getting bleak is to check Dakota Fanning's face. When she starts to look like a poached egg, that's when you better hide.

November 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

The 'surprise' ending in Hide and Seek is not only unreasonable, but also downright unoriginal.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

A lame showcase for DeNiro's monotonous blankness and the hysterics of Fanning.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

What starts out as a promising take on a very serious issue is minced into another standard Hollywood offering.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

Hide and Seek may be the most extreme illustration yet of the fears a father faces about his daughter's potential suitors. It's sheer stupidity.

June 12, 2005 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Hide and Seek goes off the rails when the secret is brought into the light because it feels like a cheap gimmick, and not an original one at that...

April 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

De Niro gives an intriguing performance....thills, suspense, scares and surprises...

April 9, 2005
Moviehole

A highly polished turd, perhaps the shiniest money can buy... by now the only way De Niro can shock us is by maybe appearing in a movie that isn't a total embarassment.

March 5, 2005 Full Review
Philadelphia Weekly

Hide and Seek is a technically slicker paranoid thriller than director John Polson's previous Swimfan, but its esteemed posture makes it even trashier.

March 1, 2005 Full Review

The film grows more comic as it's supposed to be scary.

February 27, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The film also cleverly gives us not one but two leading ladies (Elisabeth Shue and Famke Janssen) so we can have fun guessing which of them won't make it to the final reel.

February 26, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Qualquer um que queira assista a O Amigo Oculto duas vezes vai perceber a falta de lógica do roteiro e... Ah. Entendi. Não há este risco.

February 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Right up until the last 15 minutes, Hide and Seek is an efficient, effective thriller

February 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Dakota Fanning does the creepy child routine quite effectively. DeNiro, on the other hand, barely breaks a sweat.

February 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Sympatico.ca

One can practically imagine the blank stares and shaking heads of viewers left in disbelief here.

February 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

Audience Reviews for Hide and Seek

Not bad little thriller let down by a dingy twist at the end. Dakota is a little understated here, but can see why by the end.
Not the best movie ever, but enjoyed it.
July 13, 2013
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Hide and Seek is a predictable and mediocre thriller that not even the good performances by Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning can salvage. The film had a good idea, but it quickly falls apart, and becomes a tired film that tries too hard to deliver the thrills. For me, a good thriller film has got to be effortless in delivering a top-notch story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Though Hide and Seek starts off good enough to keep you interested, the director doesn't know where to take this story and give us, the viewer an exciting climax. Hide and Seek is simply a mediocre thriller that doesn't try to thrill you. This film is quite uninspired with an ineffective overused formula to create its thrills and tension. What's really surprising is that the good cast that director John Polson directs can't save the film from being a dud. I felt that the film started off well enough, but then it ventured into too similar territory of ideas that have been explored in previous films. I felt that the overused, cliché elements killed this film, and made it quite boring. A good cast is wasted here, and there's nothing going on that really kept me interested in this film. I didn't like the film, and felt it was very mediocre, and this is the perfect example of how a movie that uses old clichéd ideas to create a "new" thriller can turn out, it turns bad. Hide and Seek is boring, uninspired and dull. What could have been a good film is ruined by a bad script and overused ideas.
October 30, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Unexpected twists and exceptional performances. Creepy and cleverly written. A must see!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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i guessed the ending... yeah, when the movie is completely dependent on the ending like this (saw movies) and you predict the ending, it has nothing going for it.
September 18, 2010
Albert Kim

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    1. David Callaway: Come out, come out wherever you are...
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