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Panic Room Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2014
How did Fincher - a director who is very good at supplying thrills to thrillers, whatever his other strengths or limitations might be - end up shepherding such a leaden film?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 27, 2010
Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
September 17, 2010
Valuing logic over brutality, David Fincher's claustrophobic ride also touted the real-world practicality of keeping quiet over the cinematic kicks of a loud thriller. It's like "Wait Until Dark" with helplessness that's emotional, not just physical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Cole Smithey
May 3, 2009
Apart from one plot twist too many, "Panic Room" is a seamless suspense-thriller with a top-notch cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
There are so little things you can do with this story and a lot of it is pretty contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
March 27, 2009
A thinking-man's women-in-jeopardy picture, Panic Room does about as much as humanly possible with its deliberately restricted one-setting premise.
Todd Gilchrist
IGN Movies
July 2, 2008
David Fincher directs a nail-biter starring Jodie Foster about a mother and daughter who defend their house against a brutal home invasion.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
[Allows] Fincher to shine as the skilled, stylish director that he is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 3, 2007
After his mind-bending, exhilarating Fight Club, director David Fincher takes on a more conventional Hollywood thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Ultimately, this is just a big, dumb, commercial suspenser - but it's one of the best for ages, reminding us that it is still possible to make a high quality piece of popcorn entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
October 5, 2006
Fincher is such a technically brilliant director that he can elevate a genre film--a suspenser about a damsel-in-distress--above its melodramatic trappings. The confined space (whole movie is set within a house) is no big challenge for him.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.
David Grove
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Panic Room is a very scary film, well made and lovingly dark, and it illustrates how terrified we are of becoming the victims we see on TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jordan Hiller
May 18, 2005
The panic room itself is a provocative concept and it says something about modern society, but I'm not sure if it deserved its own movie.
Full Review | Original Score: '2'
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The rich in Panic Room are under siege, and the overgrown fortress of their self-indulgence seems helpless to defend itself.
| Original Score: B+
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 25, 2004
Director David Fincher stuffs the film with showy camerawork, including a trip into a keyhole, down drainpipes and through air vents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Greg Maki
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
January 7, 2004
... Further proof that Fincher is one of the cinema's true modern masters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 7, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Foucher
EDGE Boston
October 7, 2003
Jodie Foster locks herself into a room for nearly an entire film... unfortunately, she probably should have done that prior to principal photography.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 26, 2003 of the most taut and exciting thrillers to emerge out of Hollywood in a good long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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