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P2 (2007)

tomatometer

34

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 68
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 45

P2 is full of gore, but low on suspense, featuring a cat-and-mouse plot has been done many times before.

22

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 14

P2 is full of gore, but low on suspense, featuring a cat-and-mouse plot has been done many times before.

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Angela, a corporate climber, gets stuck working late on Christmas Eve and finds herself the target of an unhinged security guard. With no help in sight, the woman must overcome physical and psychological challenges to survive.

Apr 8, 2008

$4.0M

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All Critics (74) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (45) | DVD (7)

P2 doesn't have the grisly intensity of Aja's other work, in spite of a few moments of cartoonish gore.

November 17, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Bentley plays the role of funny, cagey psychopath quite well, and the film packs more laughs than frights. What woman wouldn't be interested after his homicidal message of love?

November 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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P2 feels like a vehicle lost in an after-hours parking facility, constantly backing up, shifting gears and generally speeding around in circles in a vain attempt to get somewhere.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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P2 may be bad enough to become some other type of classic than the holiday kind.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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There's some ghoulish humor in P2, and a couple of scares, but it's little more than the umpteenth variation of the woman-locked-in-a-house plot.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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[A] miscast, misdirected botch of a can't-miss plot.

November 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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The idea of a delusional man holding a beautiful woman captive isn't exactly original, but in the skilled hands of screenwriters Alexandre Aja and Grégory Levasseur the result is a thoroughly engrossing psycho-thriller that never lets up.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Unscary, uninteresting tosh from people who should know better.

April 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comment (1)
Empire Magazine

It's lurid and overblown, relying on its lionhearted heroine never to play her most obvious escape card, but for those with a taste for such silliness, it makes for a harrowing night at the movies.

April 10, 2008
San Francisco Examiner

....easily surpasses everything those horror remakes of late entail. Revels in tis ability to put sweat on faces, by way of a tense skirmish between car spaces

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Moviehole
Moviehole

Toda a trama nada mais é do que uma mera desculpa para enfiar a belíssima atriz num vestidinho branco justo e encharcá-la a fim de que ele fique ainda mais grudado em seu corpo escultural.

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

all the pieces are in place for a great thriller - and then, just like your typical Yuletide get-together, it all falls a little flat.

December 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Has quite a bit going for it, which makes its eventual reliance on inane genre gimmicks that much more disappointing.

November 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Despite an enormously creepy turn from Bentley, the story has nowhere else to go but into the standard (albeit judiciously used) stalk-and-slash territory.

November 24, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

About as basic and unmemorable as a horror flick gets.

November 20, 2007 Full Review Source: FEARnet
FEARnet

Take "Red Eye," mix it with "Creep," and add a dash of "Haute Tension," finely puree with a sprinkle of camp, and what you have is a long tall glass of this demented horror film...

November 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

P2 is nothing fancy or flashy. It could use more innovation, and either tension or dark creepiness, but all in all, it's not a bad directing debut for Khalfoun.

November 17, 2007
KPBS.org

Cheesy, cheap and laughable...

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Manages to churn out enough tension and thrills to keep things interesting.

November 16, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Has a central setup that only holds water if we assume that the victim has recently escaped from a home for the terminally bewildered.

November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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November 14, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

"P2" won't make horror fans say "P-U."

November 13, 2007 Full Review | Comments (2)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Storyline was laid out well. There were a few scenes where you find yourself laughing at the movie, but overall it was a decent thriller.

November 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

P2 trembles in the shadow of Red Eye but it's not without its virtues.

November 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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December 13, 2013
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The suspense and execution of this cat and mouse thriller is pretty solid, however the most remarkable thing about this piece are Mrs. Rachel Nichols assets (and I don't mean her acting chops)
December 6, 2010
kenstachnik

Super Reviewer

"Wait! Why? Why can't we be friends?"

First of all, this is definitely not a horror film. It barely qualifies as a thriller. I could tell early on that cleavage was going to be the main reason that I finished watching P2. The villain was definitely crazy, but not dangerous crazy. He gave off a "pathetic, lonely, and probably picked on a lot when he was little" vibe. His dog was much scarier than he was. I have to say that Rachel Nichols' character wasn't quite as stupid as one would expect in this kind of movie, she even actually did appear to be making an effort to save her own life on several occasions.

Of course, there are contrived situations that are there solely to provide "suspense" and allow the story to continue (the cab driver leaving; the phone not working inside the parking garage, but it works a few inches past the gate; Rachel stabbing the villain in the shoulder instead of somewhere more damaging, like maybe the NECK). I'd like to think that if I was in her situation, I would have been able to calm myself enough to figure out that simply triggering a fire alarm would probably be a good way to get some help. Rachel Nichols in that dress makes it easier to ignore the plot holes and keep watching, but I don't think anyone would want to spend more than a few dollars for it.

As negative as this review may sound, I do think that most movie critics were too hard on P2. I can't really pinpoint exactly why I liked it so much (beyond the aformentioned dress and its effect on Nichols' figure). Maybe it was because Nichols makes her heroine so easy to root for, because Bentley makes his character so creepy pathetic and easy to hate, or because of the novelty of the setting. Or maybe it's simply because the undeniable ridiculousness of it all somehow works in P2's favor.
July 25, 2010
lewiskendell

Super Reviewer

The most horrible scene was when that parking attendant Tom drive his car and crashed that man on the wall. It seemed so real and gross. Didn't like the movie though. It's boring.
May 6, 2010
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