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Hide and Seek Reviews

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 6, 2006
A tawdry cocktail of red herrings, cheap psychology, and shameless horror-movie tropes.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 5, 2005
The movie goes down the tubes in the last third.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 3, 2005
[An] idiotic, yawn-a-minute thriller.
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
February 1, 2005
Follows no semblance of internal logic.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
January 31, 2005
I think it's just so well made, so well photographed.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 30, 2005
Through its first two-thirds, at least, Hide and Seek does a good enough job of piquing our curiosity that the movie's ultimate dumbness is more than a minor insult.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 28, 2005
| Original Score: C-
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 28, 2005
It's so absolutely preposterous that it stops the film cold and draws a collective 'Aw c'mon!' from viewers wondering if maybe they should take back some of that ill will that greeted M. Night Shyamalan's surprise turn of events in The Village.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 28, 2005
The movie's only rewards are a few unintentional laughs, as when the sheriff (Dylan Baker) calls Emily a 'cute kid' after a long stretch in which she's been acting and looking battier than Sunset Boulevard's Norma Desmond.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 28, 2005
The camera leers at 10-year-old Fanning to the brink of criminality.
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January 28, 2005
Hide and Seek really isn't a suspense thriller at all. It's a mystery movie. It's always a mystery when highly talented people commit the time and effort to a film that is so obviously mediocre.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2005
For the first hour or so it builds inexorably to an excruciating level of dread. It does this so well, we're willing to forgive the small lapses of logic it takes to get us there.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
January 28, 2005
The second half gets downright silly as the country home turns into a slaughterhouse. What could have been a Sixth Sense-style intelligent thriller heads straight for the drive-in, though it's still handled with considerable skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
January 28, 2005
As a fright movie, Hide and Seek is only a middling thriller. But as a tip sheet for real estate shoppers in wooded rural areas, it's top-notch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 28, 2005
Give us a reason to care.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
January 28, 2005
The result is more campy than scary, and in the horror game, that means nobody wins.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 28, 2005
The mystery is maintained only through characters' behaving against their own interest, doing things they wouldn't do, failing to mention things they certainly would mention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
January 28, 2005
There are few scares and even less logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
January 28, 2005
The movie is bad in the sense of being morally reprehensible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
January 28, 2005
The last weekend of January is traditionally a dumping ground for turkeys at the multiplexes, so don't say you weren't warned.
| Original Score: .5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 28, 2005
There was a point in the movie when suddenly everything clicked, and the Law of Economy of Characters began to apply. That is the law that says no actor is in a movie unless his character is necessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 28, 2005
High class briefly gives way to high camp, which then itself dissipates to an anticlimactic thud.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 28, 2005
It doesn't get stupid for a long time! That's the finest compliment these kind of movies can aspire to. This means you'll have a decent time.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 28, 2005
Another of those real-estate horror movies that sticks it to urbanites who overspend on picturesque Victorian houses in towns where the locals resent them. For city folk in rambling country homes, something wicked this way comes.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Debra Birnbaum
New York Post
January 28, 2005
It's become almost trite to criticize him for his recent string of dubious movies, but we'll do it anyway, because he's capable of so much better.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
January 28, 2005
You won't find anything startling or memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 27, 2005
Movies about the psychological abuse of a child can be powerful when the subject matter is handled in a serious, sensitive manner. But when it is employed as a plot device to enable a surprise revelation, it becomes offensive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
January 27, 2005
The movie is not without merit. Ten-year-old Fanning ably handles her part, which alternately requires her to adopt a thousand-yard stare and look like a scared little girl.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
January 27, 2005
Unless you're a connoisseur of movies that are so bad they're good, Hide and Seek is one game you're not going to want to play.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
January 27, 2005
Add this movie to Robert De Niro's climb up Mount Hackdom.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
January 27, 2005
Robert De Niro rises to a formidable challenge in this sufficiently unsettling thriller: he holds his own against the scene-swiping 10-year-old actress Dakota Fanning.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 27, 2005
The movie's main purpose seems to be to make audiences squirm uncomfortably. Yelp and shriek in armchair-clawing glee? Not likely.
| Original Score: 2/4
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January 27, 2005
The plodding director, John Polson, reliably telegraphs the big boos, and the next time I see an actor gingerly open a cupboard and get knocked back by an overamplified screeching cat, I'm walking.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 27, 2005
The movie wants in the worst way to be among the new wave of big-screen chillers, served with a twist. As the old joke goes, they've succeeded -- in the worst way.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 27, 2005
First-time screenwriter Ari Schlossberg builds an atmosphere of free-floating apprehension through most of its length before pulling an 11th-hour switcheroo that undermines the stars' commendable efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 27, 2005
A nifty little thriller with some effective psychological and supernatural flourishes.
| Original Score: B-
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 27, 2005
The actor who gave us Johnny Boy, Travis Bickle, Jake La Motta and the young Vito Corleone still has his chops.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 27, 2005
It's a fascinating meeting of equals -- if the child star challenged the master to a game of stare-down, the legend might very well blink first.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
January 26, 2005
It was really only a matter of time before 10-year-old Dakota Fanning brought her unsettling precocity to the horror genre. And it's a bit of a waste.
Full Review | Original Score: C+