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Panic Room (2002)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 181
Fresh: 138 | Rotten: 43

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


Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 10

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



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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.


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

David Koepp

Sep 17, 2002


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All Critics (185) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (138) | Rotten (43) | DVD (44)

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

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Fincher mounts some clever, tense sequences in which the trio devises increasingly threatening strategies to force Meg and Sarah out of the panic room, only to be matched with improvised ingenuity from behind the vault door.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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There's just no denying Fincher's gifts. Give the guy a camera or two or three, millions upon millions of dollars and state-of-the-art technologies, and there's no stopping him.

June 1, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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... one of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in quite a long time.

April 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Foster nails the role, giving a tight, focused performance illuminated by shards of feeling.

March 31, 2002
Rolling Stone
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Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.

December 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

May 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

There are so little things you can do with this story and a lot of it is pretty contrived.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

David Fincher directs a nail-biter starring Jodie Foster about a mother and daughter who defend their house against a brutal home invasion.

July 2, 2008 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

[Allows] Fincher to shine as the skilled, stylish director that he is.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

After his mind-bending, exhilarating Fight Club, director David Fincher takes on a more conventional Hollywood thriller.

March 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Ultimately, this is just a big, dumb, commercial suspenser - but it's one of the best for ages, reminding us that it is still possible to make a high quality piece of popcorn entertainment.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Fincher is such a technically brilliant director that he can elevate a genre film--a suspenser about a damsel-in-distress--above its melodramatic trappings. The confined space (whole movie is set within a house) is no big challenge for him.

October 5, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Panic Room is a very scary film, well made and lovingly dark, and it illustrates how terrified we are of becoming the victims we see on TV.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The panic room itself is a provocative concept and it says something about modern society, but I'm not sure if it deserved its own movie.

May 18, 2005 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)

The rich in Panic Room are under siege, and the overgrown fortress of their self-indulgence seems helpless to defend itself.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

Director David Fincher stuffs the film with showy camerawork, including a trip into a keyhole, down drainpipes and through air vents.

June 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

... Further proof that Fincher is one of the cinema's true modern masters.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

Jodie Foster locks herself into a room for nearly an entire film... unfortunately, she probably should have done that prior to principal photography.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston of the most taut and exciting thrillers to emerge out of Hollywood in a good long while.

May 26, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Panic Room is a thriller that deserves to be mentioned in the same category as a Rear Window.

May 13, 2003 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Panic Room

Good suspense
August 24, 2014

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.
June 16, 2014

Super Reviewer

There‚(TM)s no getting out of ‚Panic Room‚?‚"not when you think, at least.

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August 9, 2013

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.
December 30, 2012
JY Skacto

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    1. Sarah Altman: What are we doing?
    2. Meg Altman: I have no idea.
    – Submitted by Adam P (5 months ago)
    1. Junior: I can't go to jail man. I'm not built for that shit!
    – Submitted by Adam P (5 months ago)
    1. Meg Altman: What's that?
    2. Sarah Altman: S.O.S
    3. Meg Altman: Where'd you learn that?
    4. Sarah Altman: Titanic.
    – Submitted by Adam P (5 months ago)
    1. Sarah Altman: Get outta my house.
    – Submitted by Alyssa B (13 months ago)
    1. Burnham: I spent the last 12 years of my life building rooms like this specifically to keep out people like us.
    – Submitted by Tim K (2 years ago)
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