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Hide and Seek

6/10
Thriller . Mystery . Horror . Drama
 

David Callaway tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide and has been left to raise his nine-year-old daughter, Emily on his own. David is at first amused to discover that Emily has created an imaginary friend named 'Charlie', but it isn't long before 'Charlie' develops a sinister and violent side, and as David struggles with his daughter's growing emotional problems, he comes to the frightening realisation that 'Charlie' isn't just a figment of Emily's imagination.

 
Actors: Famke Janssen , Dakota Fanning , Robert De Niro , Robert John Burke , Melissa Leo , Dylan Baker , Amy Irving , Elisabeth Shue
Directors: John Polson
Country: USA , GERMANY
Release: 2005-01-28
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  • Michael Wilmington

    Surprises with its intensity and grip.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    As cliche-ridden horror films go, Hide and Seek builds a pretty darn good mousetrap.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Kevin Allison

    It’s tightly paced and confidently styled. These times call for more daring in our horror films, but for this weekend, this will do the trick.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Scott Brown

    Hide and Seek, despite early signs of higher goals, is a factory-standard box of shocks.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    It's not technically true to say the movie cheats, but let's say it abandons the truth and depth of its earlier scenes.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    Its frights are not that chilling or original, its secrets more run-of-the-mill than astounding.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    Aside from its relentless exploitation of a child, this minor thriller features an intriguing beginning, a middling middle and an increasingly silly end, with a multitude of red herrings going squoosh underfoot.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The movie's main purpose seems to be to make audiences squirm uncomfortably. Yelp and shriek in armchair-clawing glee? Not likely.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    From the base-model script to the assembly-line thrills, everything about Hide and Seek is generic except its star.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Kind of a drag.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Through its first two-thirds, at least, Hide and Seek does a good enough job of piquing our curiosity that the movie's ultimate dumbness is more than a minor insult.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    While the final revelation is laughably absurd, DeNiro and Fanning are so far inside their roles that one can't giggle for long.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The movie is OK for a January horror picture, but given the premise and the cast--it should wring you out emotionally as it's scaring you witless.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Jigh class briefly gives way to high camp, which then itself dissipates to an anticlimactic thud.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Takes itself seriously enough to pull off a clever bit of sleight of hand, but doesn't have much to offer once the twist comes out of hiding.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    There are twist endings and there are twist endings -- and then there is the logic-strangling, complete cheat of a reveal that takes place in the final 10 minutes of Hide and Seek. It's so absolutely preposterous that it stops the film cold and draws a collective "Aw c'mon!"

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    The film's last 20 minutes devolve into a tedious slog through the kind of pointless, predictable running and screaming that give horror movies a bad name.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Nick De Semlyen

    Aside from some effectively understated acting from the leads, there's not much to remember or recommend.

    Empire Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    That Mr. De Niro and especially Miss Fanning manage to register through all this murk is a testament to their talent, which however squandered does nonetheless shine.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    A routine haunted child psychothriller gussied up with A-list casting.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    There's not a cliché that isn't nailed.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Janice Page

    Ignore the hype. You won't find anything startling or memorable in the derivative Hide and Seek.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Far be it from me to spoil the secret, but I will say this: The last reel should've been sent straight to the city dump.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    It all falls apart at the end, however, and in such a loud and abrasive way that it makes Brian De Palma's "Raising Cain" look like a model of restraint.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Like far too many junky post-"Sixth Sense" thrillers, Hide And Seek essentially exists for the sake of its third-act plot twist, but the climactic revelation merely pushes it from bad to worse.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    Unless you're a connoisseur of movies that are so bad they're good, Hide and Seek is one game you're not going to want to play.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    De Niro gives a crafty performance, and director John Polson (Swimfan) maintains a pleasantly low-key suspense. But the ending is a disappointment.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Debra Birnbaum

    A schlocky thriller choking under the weight of its own psychobabble.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A thriller without thrills. It's also a thriller that cheats. The story is stretched to feature length only by having the film's incidents arranged in such a way as to reveal as little as possible.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It is a ghastly experience, and I left the theater feeling as if I had waded neck-deep through a stream of raw sewage.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Elias Sevada

    Polson offers up a few chilling scares, but the underwritten screenplay really does show off its weaknesses.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    May steal from the best, but it does it so badly and obviously that it has to depend upon gratuitous shock-cuts and soundtrack stings to elicit any kind of reflex-action fright from the viewer.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Jessica Winter

    Hide and Seek follows no semblance of internal logic--the unveiling of Charlie is a ludicrous cheat, the last reel a unique paroxysm of rancid idiocy.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Robert De Niro collects another stupendous paycheck for starring in another piece of exploitable junk.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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