Panic Room

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Elevated by David Fincher's directorial talent and Jodie Foster's performance, Panic Room is a well-crafted, above-average thriller.

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Trapped in their New York brownstone's panic room, a hidden chamber built as a sanctuary in the event of break-ins, newly divorced Meg Altman (Jodie Foster) and her young daughter Sarah (Kristen Stewart) play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with three intruders - Burnham (Forest Whitaker), Raoul (Dwight Yoakam) and Junior (Jared Leto) - during a brutal home invasion. But the room itself is the focal point because what the intruders really want is inside it.

Cast & Crew

Jodie Foster
Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart
Sarah Altman
Ann Magnuson
Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan
Evan Kurlander
Patrick Bauchau
Stephan Altman
Paul Schulze
Officer Keeney
Ceán Chaffin
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Conrad W. Hall
Cinematographer
Darius Khondji
Cinematographer
Arthur Max
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Angus Wall
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Critic Reviews for Panic Room

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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.

    March 27, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

    Variety
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  • Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • Fincher mounts some clever, tense sequences in which the trio devises increasingly threatening strategies to force Meg and Sarah out of the panic room, only to be matched with improvised ingenuity from behind the vault door.

    July 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • We expect more than just craftsmanship from Fincher -- we expect bite.

    May 11, 2002 | Full Review…
  • ... one of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in quite a long time.

    April 1, 2002
  • Hugely accomplished slice of Hitchcockian suspense.

    April 1, 2002 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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Audience Reviews for Panic Room

  • Oct 18, 2020
    Music videos or shorts aside, David Fincher's Panic Room came at a time when he was actually at the peak of his powers after having already produced Fight Club (1999) and soon to deliver Zodiac (2005). That said, these works are so strong that Panic Room feels like a lesser work. That's not to say that there isn't much to admire, though. It's a tried-and-tested, home invasion formula but Fincher has a solid handling on the tension and injects some technical wizardry that adds to the overall setting. The performances are also excellent and much as it isn't exactly fresh material, Fincher is able to extract just enough mileage.
    Mark W Super Reviewer
  • Feb 19, 2017
    A suspense thriller that dazzles visually but begs one to leave common sense trapped in a steel plated room where no sense can get at it. It's got its moments of tension though.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 01, 2016
    Probably as good as it was ever going to be, We all knew what was going to happen but it did a good job of keeping us gripped at times plus the acting was pretty good, The ending had a little twist we could all see coming, It's an above average thriller that does stand the test of time.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2015
    Great cinematography and directing. The story is an original and doesn't stick to focal woman in distress tale. The movie is also well cast which takes it a long way.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer

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