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Hide and Seek (2005)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

"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 simple and innocent. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop. Who--or what--is Charlie? David wonders. How can an "imaginary" entity have this kind of hold on her? Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence?more
Rating: R (for frightening sequences and violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Ari Schlossberg, Barry Josephson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2005
Box Office: $51.0M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Robert De Niro
as David Callaway
Dakota Fanning
as Emily Callaway
Famke Janssen
as Katherine
Elisabeth Shue
as Elizabeth
Amy Irving
as Alison Callaway
Dylan Baker
as Sheriff Hafferty
David Chandler
as Mr. Haskins
Amber McDonald
as Stephanie
Josh Flitter
as Little Boy
Jake Dylan Baumer
as Disturbed Boy
Rose Pasquale
as Gas Customer
Brendan Sexton III
as Store Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Hide and Seek

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (43)

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

Full Review… | October 6, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

Older teens may enjoy; too creepy for kids.

Full Review… | December 24, 2010
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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
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.

Full Review… | February 7, 2006

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.

Full Review… | November 18, 2005
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Unexpected twists and exceptional performances. Creepy and cleverly written. A must see!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

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