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Panic Room

Meg Altman (Foster) is at a crossroads. Suffering through a painful divorce from her husband, pharmaceuticals millionaire Stephen Altman, Meg buys an Upper West Side Manhattan townhouse for herself and her 11-year-old daughter, Sarah (Stewart). She intends to go back to school, raise her child and start a new life. The house she chooses to purchase was built by an eccentric millionaire who built a hidden ‘panic room’ to protect himself ... [+]
Author Review
United StatesUnited States
Roger Ebert
"There are moments when I want to shout advice at the screen, but just as often the characters are ahead of me (...) [Foster] is spellbinding (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 4)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"'Panic Room' is Fincher’s high-style testament to the cool things movies can do to make us jump out of our seats."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Caroline Westbrook
"One heck of a cinematic roller coaster (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"The acting is fine, but everyone here has been better"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Philip French
The Guardian
"Even the camera can't leave the house in this taut, claustrophobic thriller which confronts some of our worst urban fears."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Neil Smith
"Fincher takes up the challenge with dazzling visual flair (...) Foster is endlessly resourceful."  POS
United StatesUnited States
Keith Phipps
AV Club
"'Panic Room' is scary enough to do for downtown living what Jaws did for beaches."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
"Less far-fetched than 'The Game', this is at once less imaginative and more routine"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Ed Gonzalez
"While overly mechanical and shamelessly self-obsessed, 'Panic Room' is nonetheless replete with some incredible set pieces (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
"We’re immediately trapped in a state of Hitchcockian high anxiety (...) [It] dissolves into a far more average, less compelling, and sometimes just slapdash-vicious cat-and-mouse game"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
"This is slick and sure entertainment, yet you can't help feeling that Fincher could have done so much better (…) Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States IGN "One of the most nerve wracking experiences ever put to film and an experience that will leave you out of breath by the time the credits roll."  POS
United StatesUnited States
Manohla Dargis
LA Weekly
"An endlessly clever variation on cat-and-mouse"  POS
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