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Panic Room Reviews

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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+
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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
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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
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+
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 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
Wilson Morales
May 13, 2003
Panic Room is a thriller that deserves to be mentioned in the same category as a Rear Window.
Harry Guerin
RTÉ (Ireland)
April 1, 2003
A film which finds Fincher doing a straightforward studio thriller but peppering it with enough of his own magic to keep his fans interested.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Mckay
March 19, 2003
Atmosphere, deliberate pacing, intriguing characters, and edge-of-your-seat suspense . . . its only weaknesses coming in the form of excess on the finishing touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 5, 2003
Seeing Jodie Foster lay on her pillow, helpless, as shadows walk through hallways behind her, frightened me to the core.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...Even if it misses the mark on the thriller elements, it is at least stylish enough to be watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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