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Hide and Seek

Thriller . Mystery . Horror

At their new home in upstate New York, newly widowed psychologist David Callaway tries desperately to help his traumatized daughter Emily deal with her mother's death. But before long, both David and Emily are being terrorized by someone - or something - named charlie: a "friend" who may or may not be imaginary but is definately the stuff nightmares are made of!

Actors: Robert John Burke , Melissa Leo , Dylan Baker , Amy Irving , Elisabeth Shue , Famke Janssen , Dakota Fanning , Robert De Niro
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. 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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