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Based on 36 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 80
    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 in the dark. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Jodie Foster stars, and it's a pleasure, for once, to see her in something entertaining and mindless. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Things move fast enough to make it a movie to enjoy and then forget. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Ingeniously scary. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Works the basics with style and intelligence. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    May actually appeal more to women than men because of the steely heroine, the pitting of love of family against love of filthy lucre -- and the mom-fights-back plot. show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Fincher eschews quick cuts in favor of long, leisurely ones. He knows what he's doing, and the proof is in the result. The suspense in Panic Room never ebbs, and that makes for a thoroughly entertaining -- if somewhat exhausting -- 108 minutes. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie resembles a chess game; the board and all of the pieces are in full view, both sides know the rules, and the winner will simply be the better strategist. show more

  • 75
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    Fincher has a dazzling command of visual storytelling. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's pure popcorn entertainment, and it's pure formula, too: It's already been described, somewhat derisively, as Home Alone for grown-ups, which is not entirely off the mark. show more

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