Hide and Seek

Critics Consensus

Robert De Niro and especially Dakota Fanning have earned some praise for their work in Hide and Seek, but critics have called the rest of the film derivative, illogical and somewhat silly.



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"Come out, come out, wherever you are!" That command is familiar to everyone who has played the children's game, Hide and Seek. The words and game take us back to an innocent carefree time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates. Many children could even enjoy a spirited game with imaginary friends. But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real...for young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide and Seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead, she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop. Who--or what--is Charlie? David wonders. How can an "imaginary" entity have this kind of hold on her? Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence?

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  • Jul 06, 2016
    Quite weird at the beginning but as soon as the twist happens it became same as the rest of the average horrors that has a great idea but never knows where to go with it, The casting was good though and has a few jump scares but it's nothing memorable.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 14, 2014
    While the dark psychological thriller Hide and Seek is well-crafted, the material is pretty familiar. After the death of his wife psychiatrist David Callaway moves to a rural community to help his daughter recover, but when she develops a new imaginary friend things take a disturbing turn. Starring Robert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Elisabeth Shue, and Famke Janssen, the cast is especially good and delivers strong performances. Additionally, director John Polson does an impressive job at building suspense and creating intrigue. Still, it's rather clear what the twist is and the clues are fairly obvious. Yet the script is clever enough to work in a few misleads, and executes the reveal effectively. Though a little predictable, Hide and Seek is entertaining and mysterious.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 19, 2013
    Hide and Seek is a fairly entertaining horror-thriller, up until the last twenty minutes which deliver one of the most poorly thought-out plot twists I have ever seen. The ending is not only laughably preposterous, but it's also a frustratingly cheap and unfair way to explain the events of the movie. There are gaping plot holes in abundance, although they don't all become apparent until the ending is revealed. The movie is actually a decent if slightly clichéd thriller, and it's watchable for the most part, but everything is ultimately ruined by the awful ending.
    Joey S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2011
    Hide and Seek is a predictable and mediocre thriller that not even the good performances by Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning can salvage. The film had a good idea, but it quickly falls apart, and becomes a tired film that tries too hard to deliver the thrills. For me, a good thriller film has got to be effortless in delivering a top-notch story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Though Hide and Seek starts off good enough to keep you interested, the director doesn't know where to take this story and give us, the viewer an exciting climax. Hide and Seek is simply a mediocre thriller that doesn't try to thrill you. This film is quite uninspired with an ineffective overused formula to create its thrills and tension. What's really surprising is that the good cast that director John Polson directs can't save the film from being a dud. I felt that the film started off well enough, but then it ventured into too similar territory of ideas that have been explored in previous films. I felt that the overused, cliché elements killed this film, and made it quite boring. A good cast is wasted here, and there's nothing going on that really kept me interested in this film. I didn't like the film, and felt it was very mediocre, and this is the perfect example of how a movie that uses old clichéd ideas to create a "new" thriller can turn out, it turns bad. Hide and Seek is boring, uninspired and dull. What could have been a good film is ruined by a bad script and overused ideas.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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