Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Ingeniously scary.
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By James Berardinelli
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.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Works the basics with style and intelligence.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Jodie Foster stars, and it's a pleasure, for once, to see her in something entertaining and mindless.
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New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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USA Today

By Mike Clark
Things move fast enough to make it a movie to enjoy and then forget.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Soon enough a pointed ode to New York City nerve-rack and survival skills dissolves into a far more average, less compelling, and sometimes just slapdash-vicious cat-and-mouse game.
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Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Might give you a few decorating ideas if you happen to have been wondering about a home bomb shelter, but it's a thriller that doesn't thrill.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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