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Panic Room Reviews

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 29, 2002
What goes on for the 110 minutes of "Panic Room" is a battle of witlessness between a not-so-bright mother and daughter and an even less capable trio of criminals.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
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 | Original Score: D-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2014
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There are so little things you can do with this story and a lot of it is pretty contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
January 10, 2003
It is despicable to see a renegade artist like Fincher consume himself within such a tired, deceptively conventional product...
Full Review | Original Score: D
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 1, 2002
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
March 28, 2002
[Foster and Fincher are] locked in a box... and it's a box that's unopenable except by cheating.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2002
A "Home Alone" film that is staged like "Rosemary's Baby," but is not as well-conceived as either of those films.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 6, 2002
Gets better after Foster leaves that little room.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
March 26, 2002
As conventional as Fight Club was provocative.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 28, 2002
The skirmishes for power waged among victims and predators settle into an undistinguished rhythm of artificial suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 28, 2002
Suffers from a bad case of TMS -- Too Much Stupidity.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 28, 2002
There is no shortage of twists and turns, but nearly all are easily maneuvered, and those that aren't only tend to test the traditional suspense-movie suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 29, 2002
It feels less like a suspense movie than a video-game spinoff of a suspense movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Wilonsky
New Times
March 28, 2002
A collage of clichés and a dim echo of allusions to other films.
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
Director David Fincher stuffs the film with showy camerawork, including a trip into a keyhole, down drainpipes and through air vents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordan Hiller
May 18, 2005
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 | Original Score: '2'
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 11, 2002
We expect more than just craftsmanship from Fincher -- we expect bite.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
September 12, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
September 17, 2002
Has all the charm of a filmed industrial presentation on recent technological advancements.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 2, 2010
Jennie Kermode
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
April 24, 2002
Foster fans will be underwhelmed with the smaller role Foster has in this film.
August 12, 2002
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