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Panic Room Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 27, 2010
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

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 Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 17, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

May 3, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Original Score: 2/4

April 29, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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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 Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies

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

Full Review Source: IGN Movies

July 2, 2008
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2007
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B

October 5, 2006
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Grove
Film Threat

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 4/5

December 6, 2005
Jordan Hiller
Bangitout.com

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.

Full Review Source: Bangitout.com | Original Score: '2'

May 18, 2005
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

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

| Original Score: B+

December 6, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

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

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 25, 2004
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

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

Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD) | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 7, 2004

Solid

Full Review Source: sbs.is | Original Score: 3/4

January 7, 2004
David Foucher
EDGE Boston

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

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: D-

October 7, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...one of the most taut and exciting thrillers to emerge out of Hollywood in a good long while.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 4/4

May 26, 2003
Wilson Morales
BlackFilm.com

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

Full Review Source: BlackFilm.com

May 13, 2003
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