Panic Room


Panic Room

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



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After purchasing a brownstone in New York, a thirty-something divorced woman and her daughter are forced to take advantage of the hidden room - the "panic room" - when intruders break into their home.

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Jodie Foster
as Meg Altman
Kristen Stewart
as Sarah Altman
Jared Leto
as Junior
Patrick Bauchau
as Stephen Altman
Ann Magnuson
as Lydia Lynch
Ian Buchanan
as Evan Kurlander
Andrew Kevin Walker
as Sleepy Neighbor
Paul Simon
as SWAT Cop
Victor Thrash
as SWAT Cop
Ken Turner
as SWAT Cop
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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.

    Mar 27, 2009

    Todd McCarthy

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jul 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • There's just no denying Fincher's gifts. Give the guy a camera or two or three, millions upon millions of dollars and state-of-the-art technologies, and there's no stopping him.

    Jun 1, 2002 | Full Review…
  • ... one of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in quite a long time.

    Apr 1, 2002
  • Foster nails the role, giving a tight, focused performance illuminated by shards of feeling.

    Mar 31, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Panic Room

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Good suspense

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

The premise for this film is very simple, which could have made it very one note if not for the direction of David Fincher. Two people staked out in a room, against common criminals out to get their hands on millions, doesn't sound appealing when you realize that most of the action takes place in a small room. Foster and Stewart are exceptional as a mother and daughter team, fighting against Whiter, Yoakam, and Leto's burglars. Each side is very intelligent, Whitaker especially, as he plays an employee of the company that makes the panic rooms. In contrast Foster is a worrisome mother with know-how and a true fighting spirit. Fincher gives some really great long takes and tracking shots of the interior of the house, making it a character rather than a set piece. It's a straight edged thriller all the way through, though some moments, where the action is slowed and we're not sure whether they'll all make it, were heart thumping good.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


David Fincher pulls through with another crime thriller in Panic Room.

Considering 99% of the story takes place in an apartment with a panic room, the film holds itself together for its entirety, which is just under 110 minutes. The plot holds a consistent level of intrigue with only 5 characters taking up the majority of screen time.

For an R-rated movie, the amount of violence is held in check; however, when it does occur, it's easy to see why this picture is rated what it is. Watching a young Kristen Stewart drop the F-bomb is also a pleasant surprise.

While Jodie Foster and Kristen Stewart get the job done on one side, the combo of Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto, and Dwight Yoakam are an amusing trio on the opposite side.

When all the panicking is done, Panic Room ends up a solid sit through.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

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