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Panic Room Reviews

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September 25, 2016
Great film. Fincher gets a little carried away with the CG camera sometimes, but only early on.
August 12, 2016
A recently separated woman and her daughter more into a home that is equipped with a totally secure room called the "panic room ". It doesn't take long for mom n daughter to use t!he panic room as they are invaded by amateur thieves in this predictable, unimaginative suspense yarn.
July 23, 2016
Director, David Fincher delivers a great suspenseful rollercoaster ride of a movie! performances by all of the cast were outstanding!
July 22, 2016
One of the most suspenseful movies ever made... turned unwatchable by the nihilistic ending.
July 18, 2016
In the vein of Life Aquatic, Only God Forgives and Biutiful, Panic Room is Fincher's true misfire, due every great director. It isn't that Fincher doesn't give it a go and surely, the visuals and tension of Panic Room go a long way for the film. However, the logic quickly breaks down and without the sharp dialogue and plot twists that define a great Fincher work, the movie ultimately disappoints, although it isn't entirely unentertaining by any means.
½ July 17, 2016
A suspenseful and well-crafted B-thriller with some genuinely gripping moments. Although "Panic Room" is full of flaws and holes, and some of the characters are thinly written, but director David Fincher's impeccable direction and Jodie Foster's sublime performance make up for its flaws. It's a decent thriller.
July 14, 2016
When three thieves break into a house, a mother and daughter go into their panic room, but soon realize what the thieves need is in the panic room. Forest Whitaker is excellent in this film, and Dwight Yoakam gives a chilling performance as well. Overall, Panic Room is well directed, and thrilling.
June 8, 2016
While this is a good movie, it leaves far too many unanswered questions behind for the sake of more screen time.
½ June 6, 2016
Panic Room is a good thriller, but the movie feels boring in many parts, the ending feels somewhat disappointing, and not a strong ending, which was needed for a movie like Panic Room.
½ June 5, 2016
why is this getting such good reviews? it's not that great
May 15, 2016
I'll never understand why this movie has the ratings it has, it sets out to do everything you'd want from a popcorn movie and then some.

David Fincher wasn't trying to make an autobiography (The Social Network) or a statement about society (Fight Club) or a paint a picture about humanity (Se7en) he was trying to make a popcorn movie, and he made an amazing one.
May 9, 2016
David Fincher is my favorite director, and he does great work here as expected. All the actors give great performances, with Forest Whitaker and Jared Leto as stand outs for me. It doesn't last all the way through, and the writing could use some work. But it's still good, and a must watch for Fincher fans.
April 12, 2016
Above-average thriller? That's about it. Foster and Leto are okay here.
½ March 26, 2016
Great concept, great cast, and great entertainment. Panic Room revolves around a mother and daughters struggle to defend their million dollar town house on the night they move into it. Complete with several floors and an impenetrable steel room, it provides the ideal setting for a cat and mouse chase between them and 3 burglars. Typically the items the thieves are after are located in the safe room hence why they persist with their intrusion, whilst inside, the two females conjure up ideas to attract help. With the majority of the movie taking place in one room, it's reasonable to assume it could become dull, yet this is never the case. There is plenty of originality to keep the suspense rolling with the cast taking it in turns to have the upper hand, both in and outside of the room. Definitely an advert for girl power with two strong leads often getting the better of the three male counterparts, despite them not having access to an Arsenal of weopans, although not all of the villains are as brutal as one another. The range of personalities and traits in this film add to its appeal, with the merciless Raoul, sneaky Junior, and big softy Burnham all having opposing views as to how their heist should proceed, whilst the girls must overcome their physical disadvantage and diabetes in order to survive in such a claustrophobic environment. The success of this movie is of course helped by a very familiar looking group of faces, which ensure the story is solidly performed. It's one which I'd happily watch over again despite it not being my usual crude humour or slasher thriller, which may go some way to further strengthening its status of being a quality production.
March 22, 2016
Panic Room is tense, absorbing, and claustrophobic. Its limits on setting become its strength. A highly enjoyable, albeit mildly generic thriller that consistently engages its audience.
Super Reviewer
March 1, 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.
February 28, 2016
Great film... just an excellent film from start to finish.
February 27, 2016
I guarantee you will enjoy the suspense , performance, and directing. a lot of Hitchcock nods
February 20, 2016
Combining thrills with Forest Whitaker's amazing performance, David Fincher finds another well-written script to exercise, and ultimately succeed with, his incomparable great directorial talent.
Super Reviewer
January 17, 2016
David Fincher's unique, claustrophobic thriller which is an engrossing highly suspenseful slickly executed film. A mother named Meg Altman, played impressively by Jodie Foster in a superlative star performance, who is newly separated from her extremely rich older husband who is a pharmaceutical tycoon, she moves into a huge brownstone townhouse in Manhattan with her teenaged daughter Sarah, well-played by a very young Kristen Stewart, the residence has 3 floors, an elevator, 8 bedrooms, 6 working fireplaces and a "panic room," an impenetrable cement and steel encased safe-room which has 8 surveillance video monitors , a separate buried phone line and a motorized sliding reinforced steel door that is secured by solid core dead bolts and a motion sensitive closing system. That evening while Meg and Sarah are sleeping, a trio of intruders thinking that the place is still empty break in, Meg notices them on surveillance monitor and runs to Sarah's room and her and Sarah with the intruders chasing them manage to make it to the panic room locking themselves in, the trio of intruders are terrifically played by Forest Whitaker as Bumham, the security technician who helped build the panic room, Jared Leto as Junior, the manic leader of the group, and country singer Dwight Yoakam as Raoul, the nearly-silent sadistic sociopath with an itchy trigger finger, they have come to steal something specific unfortunately what they want is in the panic room, a cat and mouse game of wills ensues as Meg desperately tries to find a way to summon help as the intruders try to get her out. Masterful direction by Fincher, with unforgettable and extraordinary cinematography by the great Conrad Hall & Darius Khondji is truly breathtaking with amazing swooping shots down stairwell, up skylights and room to room, in air vents and through walls, Fincher has a grand-time creating an white-knuckle atmosphere of prolonged tension and dread, there is marvelous editing by James Haywood & Angus Wall, with a brilliant score by Howard Shore. A pulse-pounding thoroughly entertaining motion picture, a must-see. Highly Recommended.
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