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Panic Room (2002)



Critic Consensus: Elevated by Fincher's directorial talent and Foster's performance, Panic Room is a well-crafted, above-average thriller.

Movie Info

After purchasing a brownstone in New York, a thirty-something divorced woman and her daughter are forced to take advantage of the hidden room - the "panic room" - when intruders break into their home.more
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 17, 2002
Box Office: $95.3M
Sony Pictures - Official Site


Jodie Foster
as Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart
as Sarah Altman
Jared Leto
as Junior
Patrick Bauchau
as Stephen Altman
Ann Magnuson
as Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan
as Evan Kurlander
Andrew Kevin Walker
as Sleepy Neighbor
Paul Simon
as SWAT Cop
Victor Thrash
as SWAT Cop
Ken Turner
as SWAT Cop
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Critic Reviews for Panic Room

All Critics (186) | Top Critics (38)

A thinking-man's women-in-jeopardy picture, Panic Room does about as much as humanly possible with its deliberately restricted one-setting premise.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Top Critic

Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

How did Fincher - a director who is very good at supplying thrills to thrillers, whatever his other strengths or limitations might be - end up shepherding such a leaden film?

Full Review… | November 30, 2014
Antagony & Ecstasy

Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.

Full Review… | December 27, 2010
Common Sense Media

Valuing logic over brutality, David Fincher's claustrophobic ride also touted the real-world practicality of keeping quiet over the cinematic kicks of a loud thriller. It's like "Wait Until Dark" with helplessness that's emotional, not just physical.

Full Review… | September 17, 2010

Apart from one plot twist too many, "Panic Room" is a seamless suspense-thriller with a top-notch cast.

Full Review… | May 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Panic Room

Good suspense

Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

The premise for this film is very simple, which could have made it very one note if not for the direction of David Fincher. Two people staked out in a room, against common criminals out to get their hands on millions, doesn't sound appealing when you realize that most of the action takes place in a small room. Foster and Stewart are exceptional as a mother and daughter team, fighting against Whiter, Yoakam, and Leto's burglars. Each side is very intelligent, Whitaker especially, as he plays an employee of the company that makes the panic rooms. In contrast Foster is a worrisome mother with know-how and a true fighting spirit. Fincher gives some really great long takes and tracking shots of the interior of the house, making it a character rather than a set piece. It's a straight edged thriller all the way through, though some moments, where the action is slowed and we're not sure whether they'll all make it, were heart thumping good.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


David Fincher pulls through with another crime thriller in Panic Room.Considering 99% of the story takes place in an apartment with a panic room, the film holds itself together for its entirety, which is just under 110 minutes. The plot holds a consistent level of intrigue with only 5 characters taking up the majority of screen time.For an R-rated movie, the amount of violence is held in check; however, when it does occur, it's easy to see why this picture is rated what it is. Watching a young Kristen Stewart drop the F-bomb is also a pleasant surprise.While Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart get the job done on one side, the combo of Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam are an amusing trio on the opposite side.When all the panicking is done, Panic Room ends up a solid sit through.

JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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