Panic Room
Panic Room (2002)

After purchasing a brownstone in New York, a thirty-something divorced woman and her daughter are forced to take advantage of the hidden room - the "panic room" - when intruders break into their home.

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 29, 2002
DVD Release Date: September 17, 2002
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elevated by Fincher's directorial talent and Foster's performance, Panic Room is a well-crafted, above-average thriller.

Todd McCarthy

A thinking-man's women-in-jeopardy picture, Panic Room does about as much as humanly possible with its deliberately restricted one-setting premise.

Manohla Dargis
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

How did Fincher - a director who is very good at supplying thrills to thrillers, whatever his other strengths or limitations might be - end up shepherding such a leaden film?

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Never averse to glistening darkness, meaty metaphor or grandiloquent technical display, Fincher is also surprisingly at home with hokum.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

... one of the most ingenious and entertaining thrillers I've seen in quite a long time.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

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.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Foster nails the role, giving a tight, focused performance illuminated by shards of feeling.

Nick Rogers
The Film Yap

Valuing logic over brutality, David Fincher's claustrophobic ride also touted the real-world practicality of keeping quiet over the cinematic kicks of a loud thriller. It's like "Wait Until Dark" with helplessness that's emotional, not just physical.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A suspense thriller that dazzles visually but begs one to leave common sense trapped in a steel plated room where no sense can get at it. It's got its… More
JY Skacto
David Fincher pulls through with another crime thriller in <i>Panic Room</i>.<p>Considering 99% of the story takes place in an apartment with… More
Matt Goodman
Good suspense
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[img][/img] If not part of David Fincher's darkly profound line of incredible films, Panic… More
Spencer S.
The premise for this film is very simple, which could have made it very one note if not for the direction of David Fincher. Two people staked out in a room,… More
Lucas Martins
Terrifc thriller with good performances direct by David Fincher, one of the best filmmakers of suspense.