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Panic Room Reviews

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.
June 24, 2006
Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.
July 20, 2002
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2002
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.
April 1, 2002
... one of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in quite a long time.
March 31, 2002
Foster nails the role, giving a tight, focused performance illuminated by shards of feeling.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 31, 2002
It's difficult to work up a strong case of the heebie-jeebies when you keep getting thrown out of the movie by all the atrocious acting.
March 29, 2002
It's a treat for the eyes and ears.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 29, 2002
The movie is powerfully manipulative, quite clever and full of evil ambition.
March 29, 2002
It feels less like a suspense movie than a video-game spinoff of a suspense movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
It's a triumph of technical filmmaking; as a story, it's got ice in its heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2002
It might sometimes forget to make sense, but no matter, since it creates enough tension that the audience can hardly think anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
A classy, intelligent thriller for grownups.
March 29, 2002
Taut and forbidding, enough so that you won't mind the implausibilities.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 29, 2002
A better-than-adequate thriller that nevertheless is badly matched to director David Fincher's talents.
Read More | Original Score: B
March 29, 2002
It confirms Fincher's status as a film maker who artfully bends technical know-how to the service of psychological insight.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
Director David Fincher and writer David Koepp can't sustain it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
Foster usually makes intelligent choices, but, time and again, one wonders what she could have seen in David Koepp's script, which ranges from flimsy to nonexistent.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
March 29, 2002
An acceptably diverting Saturday night at the movies, especially if you're willing to check your brains at the popcorn stand.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
[Fincher's] camera sense and assured pacing make it an above-average thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 29, 2002
Fincher takes no apparent joy in making movies, and he gives none to the audience.
March 29, 2002
Yes, Fincher is stooping this time -- his posture may not be sublime, but he does manage to conquer most of our objections.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
Once we sense Panic Room isn't going to cheat, it gathers in tension, because the characters are operating out of their own resources, and that makes them the players, not the pawns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 29, 2002
Because Room's own time is limited to the 95-minute range, things move fast enough to make it a movie to enjoy and then forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2002
What's surprising about this traditional thriller, moderately successful but not completely satisfying, is exactly how genteel and unsurprising the execution turns out to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2002
A solidly constructed, entertaining thriller that stops short of true inspiration.
Read More | Original Score: B-
March 28, 2002
Works the basics with style and intelligence.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
Tense, terrific, sweaty-palmed fun.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
There is no shortage of twists and turns, but nearly all are easily maneuvered, and those that aren't only tend to test the traditional suspense-movie suspension of disbelief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
March 28, 2002
A remarkably straightforward and effective thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
March 28, 2002
Flawed but riveting, it won't be everyone's cocktail of choice, but if you can suspend disbelief long enough, you'll get a whopping good wallop without the hangover.
March 28, 2002
Fincher is a master of kinetic razzle-dazzle, goosing familiar or trite material to life with his high-tech bag of tricks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2002
Suffers from a bad case of TMS -- Too Much Stupidity.
Read More | Original Score: C
March 28, 2002
The skirmishes for power waged among victims and predators settle into an undistinguished rhythm of artificial suspense.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
March 27, 2002
The suspense in Panic Room never ebbs, and that makes for a thoroughly entertaining -- if somewhat exhausting -- 108 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 26, 2002
As conventional as Fight Club was provocative.
March 19, 2002
Tedious when it should be tight and borderline silly when it should be freezing one's spine.