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Panic Room

Panic Room

2002
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
Recently divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her daughter Sarah (Stewart) have bought a new home in New York. On their tour around the mansion, they come across the panic room. A room so secure, that no one can get in. When three burglars break in, Meg makes a move to the panic room. But all her troubles don't stop there. The criminals know where she is, and what they require the most in the house is in that very room. (imdb)
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Panic Room

2002
Suspense/Thriller
1h 52m
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Rated 20 Oct 2012
50
21st
Stop me if you've heard this one before. A hillbilly, a rock star, and a black guy walk into a lesbian's house.
Rated 26 Apr 2015
45
36th
I could never really connect with this. Maybe because a panic room, for me, is wherever my fiancé asks me when we're going to have kids. Thank you, thank you, I'm so happy you love my material. I'd love to say that I'll be here all night, but seeing as this is my actual life I'll be taking a dive out of the window shortly.
Rated 07 May 2021
64
28th
Fincher's always been enamored with twisting New Hollywood stories into modern shapes. Here, with a premise indebted to Straw Dogs, he extends that to a Monster in the House genre. The post-9/11 paranoia of elites is represented in a house that was built for protection, only to become an instrument of terror. The virtuoso camerawork is distracting, as is a final third with no real compelling dramatic secrets. Still, for a director who makes "movies" & "films" this is competently made fun.
Rated 08 Sep 2022
88
57th
I thought this was really well done! Way better than half of the robbery/home invasion movies made. It has actual characters with actual conflicts. The tension was actually compelling, it was well plotted (another win for Koepp), and Fincher’s distinct style and dark, gritty look and feel are still in tact. Sometimes a guy just wants to make a fun movie. Aside from Leto’s wooden performance and some distracting CGI, this was great from beginning to end. Well worth watching.
Rated 07 Nov 2008
7
68th
Gets way too much hate. The last and first couple of scenes are god awful though.
Rated 18 Sep 2022
80
75th
A 21st century Hitchcockian suspense film. Is there an odder trio of baddies in film history than Whitaker, Yoakam, and Leto? There should be a warning before you watch a film that Jared Leto is about to appear, especially when he shows up with cornrows.
Rated 06 Mar 2011
25
7th
Some flashy camera movement fails to compensate for the lack of suspense, general absurdity, and total emptiness.
Rated 21 May 2007
65
40th
The first real miss by director Fincher. Boring, plodding, and not all that visually exciting. Pass.
Rated 18 Dec 2011
52
20th
Starts with some great flashy camerawork and opening credits, but soon the elaborate camera movements stop coming and the requisite contrived twists and complications start piling on. This all culminates in the horrible last twenty minutes, ruining any built-up goodwill. Fincher tries his best to elevate a poor script and inconsistent acting, but the flaws are too many to ignore. His weakest film.
Rated 15 Feb 2012
78
59th
One of the better thrillers. The premise is great. Even though it's one of David Fincher's lesser works, it's still really good. I thought Kristen Stewart was fantastic, especially for someone who would have only been 11 or 12 at the time. Jodie Foster is good too. There are a lot of interesting things that happen, and even upon rewatches, are still enjoyable even though you know how they'll play out. Also Jared Leto looks weird with cornrows.
Rated 18 May 2011
50
5th
Middle class angst made flesh.
Rated 27 Jul 2010
60
30th
The title is all wrong. It doesn't capture the unsatisfying pointlessness of it all nor the characters need for personal space and privacy. Masturbation Room is much more apt. No one would try bursting in on Foster in there.
Rated 15 Nov 2012
1
8th
Does not get enough hate. The digital camerawork is dated and unnecessary, and just about every plot point once the action starts is contrived to the point that surpasses camp value. It's the kind of absurdity that makes you embarrassed so much time and energy went into trying to convince people of this shlock. Jodie Foster does show lots of cleavage, though.
Rated 21 Dec 2006
46
4th
Oh no, we're locked in a room.
Rated 01 Feb 2007
50
37th
One of those high-intensity movies I can live without.
Rated 18 Feb 2007
20
9th
Fincher has as many misses as hits but this is possibly his most embarrassing effort.
Rated 22 Feb 2007
40
13th
Nothing compared to (the original version, not the new Hollywood one) "Funny Games" of Haneke
Rated 24 Feb 2007
50
30th
Pretty mediocre movie that could've been easily resolved but Jodie Foster's daughter had diabetes so the door to the "panic room" had to be opened. Man it's so weird that such strange circumstances happen to people with those kinds of physical disablities? It doesn't feel forced at all does it? Nooooo.
Rated 18 Feb 2016
80
75th
A stylish, well-acted, tense movie that isn't among Fincher's VERY best, but isn't as far beneath his best work as most would have you believe. Jodie Foster is, of course, excellent, but Dwight Yoakam and a young Kristen Stewart are particularly fantastic standouts.
Rated 06 May 2019
48
49th
It's a decent thriller but no more. I can't help but think that Fincher's talent is a little bit wasted on a mediocre film such as this.
Rated 27 Mar 2007
55
52nd
Technically impressive and it looks as a design practise from Fincher's side also, it simply has no soul whatsoever.
Rated 10 Jun 2018
39
24th
Mostly very silly. Pointless complicated camera works. A movie where the villain says after 1h30: "Why didn't we think of that?" is a massive indictment of the writer. Laughable. But points for the well-managed tension.
Rated 03 Dec 2010
65
42nd
Fincher manages to make this little thriller awfully effective and even nail-bitingly suspenseful at times, even though his direction lacks the elegant subtlety that marks his finest works, such as "Seven" and "The Social Network". The premise is clever enough and although the development and finale are typically full of lame cop-outs, "Panic Room" works like a charm thanks to Foster's powerhouse performance and the polished direction that manages to overcome the absurdities of the plot.
Rated 28 Feb 2011
25
0th
It's a bad movie. Has some potencial, but it gets really bad before the first half hour of the movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
40
9th
This movie should be a short film. Not enough to keep you interested in watching them bounce around the house for the full length of the film. If you like Jodie Foster, stick with Flight Plan. She does much better in that enclosed spaced film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
14th
I tried to like this, but the plot and actors bugged me too much. Cinemetography saved it from a lower score.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
44
38th
Convoluted and bizarre, Panic Room shows what happens when a Director is seperated from his usual DP, as Fincher is out of his element throughout.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
24th
It's well acted and interesting and all that, but it just didn't do anything for me.
Rated 21 Nov 2009
70
72nd
Fincher wanted a relaxed 'popcorn thriller' after FC's exhausting xp, and found it in Koepp's pulpy script. Fincher experiments with CGI sets and 'unreal' camera movs (PWSA'd elevate that years later) provided by computer programming in order to construct such a deliberate, yet relentless chamber film about insecurity, surveillance and fear in the big city. It ended up completely rewriting Fincher's filmmaking, from videocliptic frenzy to procedural compositions and spatially dense set pieces.
Rated 05 Apr 2021
64
32nd
As "simple" as the story may be, Fincher does his thing and makes it a complex machine with sweeping camera moves blending with CGI. Some of it is so over the top its silly, but the tension is there along with some great performances by Foster and Whitaker.
Rated 26 Nov 2014
47
18th
Except for Alien 3, which I would not really regard as "his film," and the mawkish Benjamin Button, easily Fincher's weakest movie, with the highlights being some nifty visual effects, some striking images and a few tense sequences.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
50
29th
Hmm...I still don't know how I feel about this one.
Rated 15 Mar 2010
6
52nd
Just your friendly neighborhood thriller.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
56th
Ok plot and excellent directing. Forest Whitaker is also great but Foster is irritating and ruins the mood a bit.
Rated 09 Feb 2021
36
28th
By far Fincher's worst that I've seen, though maybe Kristen Stewart's best.
Rated 10 Nov 2014
87
64th
I. Love. This. Movie. I love the absurd plot, the ham-fisted villains, Jodie Foster's swing-for-the-fences performance, Fincher's claustrophobic settings and long, winding shots, the whole thing. I'm trying to feign objectivity, as if we rated movies on a scale of how many times we've watched and loved them, this one would be an easy 140.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
41st
The three burglars are kind of like a more violent Three Stooges. The entire film seems to have been constructed around its premise though.
Rated 18 Dec 2010
50
26th
Man I don't think Jodie Foster's career ever really recovered after that shit heap Nell. I find it pretty much impossible to take her seriously.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
57
23rd
Jared Leto as one of the bad guys??? Not to believeable all in all. Not going to see it again I fear.
Rated 17 Jan 2021
79
76th
Fincher and Koepp are known for Hollywood and definitely on the good side of name list. With Panic Room they will extend the list of successful movies. Film is excellent thriller what beside of suspense offers good performances on main actors.
Rated 03 Jun 2014
80
49th
It stretches the bounds of plausibility at times, and those CGI tracking shots sure haven't aged well, but this is an extremely gripping movie nonetheless. I'm not sure if I'm entirely sold on Foster's performance here, but the remainder of the cast - including a young Kristen Stewart - are strong, Fincher's direction ramps up the tension effectively, and the Panic Room concept is exploited to its fullest extent. Does its job very well indeed.
Rated 18 Aug 2007
45
16th
Interesting idea, but rather limited to build a whole film around. Snoresville.
Rated 29 Aug 2007
48
4th
God awful.
Rated 06 Sep 2007
80
25th
Very grasping movie, and Jodie Foster, who I don't really care for, actually keeps me interested. The movie is suspenseful throughout, and keeps the watcher interested and alert.
Rated 27 Feb 2019
90
50th
High concept, not a lot of fat on it, the way a good thriller should be.
Rated 21 Sep 2007
2
33rd
Boring and forgettable. The final scene was hokey.
Rated 09 Dec 2019
75
49th
Jodie Foster gives another great performance in this film. The script is simple but it works. There are a number of exciting scenes in this movie. Overall I would recommend this film.
Rated 16 Nov 2007
0
5th
dumb dumb dumb.
Rated 10 Dec 2020
55
48th
Enjoyable, if a little derivative.
Rated 01 Apr 2014
90
94th
Utterly engrossing despite a contrived script that even calls out its own plot holes (but doesn't excuse them). Jared Leto is a riot. I'm not sure whether I like the goofy-ass Home Alone first half or the more respectable second half when Fincher buckles down, lays off the camera gimmicks, and goes for real trauma.
Rated 18 May 2019
60
47th
It's okay, but nothing special. The "mobile phone scene" is truly exhilarating.
Rated 02 Aug 2009
82
72nd
It's the worst film I have ever seen from Fincher...But that's only because he's my favorite director. It's extremely thrilling, there's even elements of slight suspense in it. Well thought out, and just another great film from David Fincher.
Rated 02 Aug 2020
60
16th
Well-acted, well-constructed, solid thriller.
Rated 28 Nov 2013
59
14th
A very, very decent thriller. It has a crappy foundation of a mediocre script and wonky story that excepts all sorts of contrivances (I would pay no money to be in a panic room with two easy ways to pump gas into), but it's supported by some good acting here and there (Foster is alright, Stewart is bad as usual, Whitaker is great, Leto is good) and some stylised (sometimes a bit too flashy) directing from Fincher, though I feel he's too good for this sort of mundane material.
Rated 29 Apr 2009
3
12th
Fincher's lamest movie. No particularly good performances (given the script, how could there be?), instead a simple series of episodes involving the premise of being locked in a Panic Room. I guess in this sense the name doesn't lie, but it becomes boring really quick.
Rated 22 Jul 2008
70
6th
Didn't like it, at all
Rated 18 Jul 2013
1
0th
Hey, is this that prequel for that new movie The Purge? No, it's just another middle of the road film starring Jodie Foster and a semi-suspenseful plot. Only type of purging would be wiping this from your memory.
Rated 17 Apr 2011
50
46th
David Fincher does his best with this crime thriller starring Jodie Foster and Forrest Whitaker. Unfortunately, the overly one dimensional script fails to bring the film's premise to promise. For a popcorn thriller, Panic Room delivers enough tension and mystery to endure a sitting or two, but repeat viewings will only expose the story's hollow center.
Rated 07 Jul 2009
85
55th
David Koepp does a fantastic job whether he is writing or directing movies. This movie is taught and feeled with suspense from beginning to end. The acting is good and shows us the amazing talent of Forest Whitaker, which by the end of this film makes you realize that he too can step into any rule and do a fantastic job. Dwight Yoakam played his part to perfection and the rest of the cast was definitly A-list. This movie is gripping and hits where it hurts. Home invasions are scary.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
68
25th
Works well at keeping the suspense up.
Rated 15 Dec 2008
62
35th
It was okay. I never thought it was very suspenseful or thrilling, but it wasn't altogether a waste of time.
Rated 23 Nov 2016
25
5th
A terribly tedious film not even enlivened by the normally superb Jodie Foster. Its as if someone dreamed a contemporary fear and cast her into the role with a decent storyline. I found little in this film that is redeeming.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
50
19th
It has something going on, but easily forgetable.
Rated 07 Jan 2009
40
17th
The funniest part of this movie is when the one thief loses his finger tips when the panic room door closes, he scoops them up like nothing happened. This should tell you something about the rest of the movie...
Rated 20 Jan 2009
65
1st
This movie demanded just too many extensions of disbelief of me. Nor the characters nor the plot were strong enough for me to grant it... Therefore my low score. This movie got hyped up quite a lot I remember when it came out but I'm not a fan.
Rated 08 Feb 2009
40
10th
Umm....usually I love Jodie Foster, but this didn't do it for me at all. I have never seen the last 10 minutes because I somewhow had two DVD's that were messed up right at the end (how weird is that?). Sadly, I just don't care.
Rated 11 Feb 2020
80
51st
B+
Rated 07 Dec 2006
3
45th
Lesser Fincher, but still entertaining. It's easy to see how closely this has been molded in the shape of Hitchcock. It's all very tightly wound: Foster's nerves, the visual design, the spatial perception. The digital effects have aged poorly, though.
Rated 11 Dec 2006
74
21st
ok
Rated 21 Jun 2012
73
57th
it's really enjoyable film & well-performed stars (especially Jodie Foster).
Rated 24 Dec 2009
50
33rd
The plot does have some massive logic holes in it, but at the same time there was some suspense and the camerawork (with some CGI assistance) was commendable at times. I also liked the role reversal element when the bad dudes get locked in the panic room. However, overall it was just too contrived, and the violence prevents what could be quite entertaining from being from being appreciated by a wider audience.
Rated 23 Feb 2007
50
39th
Passable summer suspense film whose best performance comes from... Dwight Yoakam??
Rated 26 Jan 2019
60
32nd
Lol at how the Criticker average plummets when Fincher drops the pretense of thematic depth and goes for the popcorn thriller. It's completely fine for what it is tho.
Rated 08 Jun 2007
15
60th
Jodie Foster was pretty hot in it.
Rated 28 Jul 2022
85
65th
Very suspenseful thriller from beginning to end. Great acting and gorgeous cinematography.
Rated 23 Dec 2011
68
47th
As someone who is not a Fincher fan, except for Se7en (1995), this is actually a much better film than some of his newer works. It suffers the same problems as most of his films - that for his technical gift as a director his films feel cold and empty - but as a genre story this is less of a problem here than with a more serious work, allowing him to use his camera tricks and ideas to create something that is successfully tense and engaging, rather than attempt something profound poorly.
Rated 10 Dec 2009
70
17th
One of the suspensful films that I don't mind watching over and over again. Decent cast in Jodie Foster, Forest Whitaker, Jared Leto and young Kristen Stewart in a three-storied house with many rooms and one of them is a panic room.
Rated 08 Nov 2012
73
15th
72.500
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
56th
Fincher's incredibly skillful thriller draws the tension out slowly, creating a wonderfully tense movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
15th
Below par thriller. A good performance from Foster cannot brings this above anything more than watchable
Rated 17 Nov 2010
66
68th
Pretty good, with a very nice horror movie feel. Excellent camera work, and quality acting as well. My only beef is with a couple of things that should have been obvious to at least one of the three villains -- such as knocking out cameras.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
78th
New..
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
48th
Mediocre!
Rated 18 Feb 2011
70
37th
Superficial thriller is so well made that you don't have to think much about how contrived it is.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
52nd
Pedestrian script elevated by solid direction from David Fincher on cruise control. One of the few bearable Jared Leto performances.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
30th
A decent thriller, directed well, but in no way a satisfying follow-up to Fight Club (that is, the same director).
Rated 26 Apr 2024
38
11th
Like the other David Fincher films I dislike, PANIC ROOM is ugly to look at and takes itself incredibly seriously while being conceptually silly. An overwrought, tedious mess of clichés strung together over nearly two hours that comes billed as a high concept minimalist thriller but is unable to deliver on its promises due to bad writing, thin characterisation and underwhelming direction.
Rated 21 Aug 2007
35
35th
ok
Rated 08 Nov 2016
95
13th
Good movie a little predictable
Rated 21 May 2009
40
71st
After his _Fight Club_, _The Game_, and _Seven_, Fincher's next step is apt to seem a rather modest and old-fashioned thriller: a straightforward damsel-in-distress thing, two damsels to be exact. Weighing against the old-fashionedness are, among other things, the splatter measurements of the violence and the monochromatic artiness of the photography -- all in mossy, moldy, scummy shades of green, as if the action were taking place after-hours in a public aquarium.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
80
80th
A show, a very well produced movie, that holds you attention from the beginning to the end. Jodie Foster is great here.
Rated 07 Jun 2011
80
59th
Not one of my favorite Fincher films, but it's action-packed and it keeps you on the edge of your seat. Not bad. Passing grade for sure.
Rated 15 May 2009
45
24th
Meh, its pretty avarage
Rated 14 Mar 2008
20
5th
Irritating. Every character is a cliche from the whiny screeching daughter, the thuggish inept criminals to the panicky helpless female protagonist lifted from a lifetime original movie. The panic room gimmick is played out within the first half hour of the film and beyond that plays out with the tactless pacing of a slasher film and the entertainment value of a desaturated, humorless Home Alone sequel.
Rated 31 Mar 2008
70
31st
Not Fincher's best, but pretty fun at least.
Rated 21 Aug 2010
80
39th
Fun thriller with lots of suspense and a great ensemble performance. One of Kristen Stewart's early roles and she does well. Recommended.
Rated 01 Aug 2009
81
64th
Good movie. Great performance by Foster.
Rated 30 Jun 2008
60
43rd
Jodie Foster is my favorite action hero. She's like a female Charles Bronson
Rated 27 Oct 2008
10
17th
Ugh
Rated 15 Feb 2011
80
18th
Okay movie, but it has some silly aspects. For example: 911 putting an obviously distressed woman on hold.

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