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Panic (2000)



Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 56
Fresh: 51 | Rotten: 5

This quirky little film about a gangster in therapy feels fresh and well-crafted.


Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

This quirky little film about a gangster in therapy feels fresh and well-crafted.



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A middle-aged man finds love in the last place he was looking -- his psychiatrist's waiting room -- in this dark comedy drama. Alex (William H. Macy) is a man in his mid-forties who is having something of a midlife crisis; he's unhappy with his life; his marriage to Martha (Tracey Ullman) is going through a rough patch; he's worried about his six-year-old son, on whom he dotes; and he wishes he hadn't bucked under to the wishes of his domineering father Michael (Donald Sutherland) and started



Henry Bromell

Oct 23, 2001

Roxie Releasing

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (51) | Rotten (5) | DVD (16)

A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.

June 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Bromell ... is adept at piercing the heart of dysfunctional family ties.

June 7, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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It's less the plot than the texture that makes the film such an engaging surprise.

May 17, 2001 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The results are quietly electrifying.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Stylish and assured, but it's finally too studied to get the kind of emotional heft it's looking for from its effects.

April 20, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Radiates quiet and calm, while simmering with tension both comic and tragic.

April 20, 2001
Detroit Free Press
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Singlehandedly, William H. Macy turns "Panic" into a slimmed-down "American Beauty" - a passive man lashing out to break a cycle of dissatisfaction and familial strife for happiness, however fleeting.

September 17, 2010 Full Review Source:

An unjustly abandoned film, one that should be seen immediately on the outside chance that it makes a stop in your town. It probably won't stay there long.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

...the film never really takes off.

January 11, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

William H. Macy shines in unsettling, unusual thriller.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix

Quirky, funny, dark, it hits your funny bone, offends your sense of ethics, occasionally even touches your heartstrings.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Panic is the kind of movie that reminds you of other movies, then turns that familiarity into an asset.

August 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Macy is ... remarkably good.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Even if no one sees it, it is one of the year's best films.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

A worthy film that's well worth seeking out.

June 14, 2001 Full Review Source:

Henry Bromell does a fine job of directing Panic. It's a pity he didn't write a better script.

May 17, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

A beautifully crafted, superbly cast little film that's the very model of what a small independent picture ought to be.

May 15, 2001 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Another case of a film that is exactly what many people would like to see more of in theaters, and yet... Hollywood flinched.

May 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies
Greg's Previews at Yahoo! Movies

Probably boasts more real psychological insight per scene than any couple of weeks' worth of Sopranos episodes.

April 20, 2001
Los Angeles Daily News

Audience Reviews for Panic

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Great cast great movie. 4 1/2 stars
October 1, 2012
Bruce Bruce

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Cast: William H. Macy, John Ritter, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland, Tracey Ullman, Barbara Bain, David Dorfman, Tina Lifford, Bix Barnaba, Nicholle Tom

Director: Henry Bromell

Summary: Alex seems like a normal guy, with a family and a job selling mail-order trinkets. But Alex also has a secret: He's a contract killer suffering a midlife crisis. When he visits a therapist, he meets Sarah, the one person he may have needed all along.

My Thoughts: "I think the title of the film is misleading and I'm not the first to point in out. Alex is more in a numb state of mind. No 'Panic' in this film. Alex is a layed back hit man who has become tired of his life. The best moments in the film is Alex's conversations with his six year old son Sammy, who is played by David Dorfman. He was adorable and really great in the film. The story is kinda slow but not in a dragging way. More in the way that it lets the story play out without being rushed. I enjoyed the movie and even liked the ending, even if it was predictable. William H. Macy gives a great performance, and it was nice seeing a film with the late John Ritter. Miss him."
March 11, 2012

Super Reviewer

A pleasant offbeat film with wonderful William H. Macy. Very enjoyable.
October 30, 2011

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