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A middle-aged man finds love in the last place he was looking -- his psychiatrist's waiting room -- in this dark comedy drama. Alex (William H. Macy) is a man in his mid-forties who is having something of a midlife crisis; he's unhappy with his life; his marriage to Martha (Tracey Ullman) is going through a rough patch; he's worried about his six-year-old son, on whom he dotes; and he wishes he hadn't bucked under to the wishes of his domineering father Michael (Donald Sutherland) and started working in the family business. Making things even more problematic is the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters."
‑ Lisa Nesselson, Variety
"The results are quietly electrifying."
‑ Susan Stark, Detroit News
"Singlehandedly, William H. Macy turns "Panic" into a slimmed-down "American Beauty" - a passive man lashing out to break a cycle of dissatisfaction and familial strife for happiness, however fleeting."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"William H. Macy shines in unsettling, unusual thriller."
‑ James Rocchi, Netflix
"Macy is ... remarkably good."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Bromell ... is adept at piercing the heart of dysfunctional family ties."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Stylish and assured, but it's finally too studied to get the kind of emotional heft it's looking for from its effects."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"An unjustly abandoned film, one that should be seen immediately on the outside chance that it makes a stop in your town. It probably won't stay there long."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
"Quirky, funny, dark, it hits your funny bone, offends your sense of ethics, occasionally even touches your heartstrings."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Even if no one sees it, it is one of the year's best films."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"It's less the plot than the texture that makes the film such an engaging surprise."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Radiates quiet and calm, while simmering with tension both comic and tragic."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"...the film never really takes off."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Panic is the kind of movie that reminds you of other movies, then turns that familiarity into an asset."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"A worthy film that's well worth seeking out."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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