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7. "Panic Room"
This is as close as we'll ever get to purely impersonal David Fincher, and while it's slick on a level that is sort of awe-inspiring, I would not call "Panic Room" a good movie. It's an entirely predictable closed-environment thriller, and Fincher does everything he can to crank it up visually. People who say they hate special effects should have to do a full breakdown of all the digital trickery on display in this one, just to have their minds blown when they realize how little of it they noticed. Fincher also deserves some credit for casting the young actress playing Jodie Foster's daughter, and I'd love to see what happened if Fincher were to work with Kristen Stewart again all these years later. My biggest problem with the film is that Fincher's work normally has a fairly dense subtext to it, and this one feels like it's surface, and nothing but. -Drew McWeeny