Parents' Guide to

Panic Room

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Extreme suspense, graphic violence; not for kids.

Movie R 2002 112 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 16+

Excellent thriller but way too much strong language

The R rating was definitely deserved for the language alone. Some of the violence is intense but not terrible. However there is constant use of strong language throughout in this film. Without it this could have been a PG-13. No sex or nudity of any kind. Kids may want to see it but if you have a problem with language this is definitely not the movie for them. It is well made and well acted but the language makes this a better choice for older teenagers and adults only.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 11+


If your child is okay with a bit of gore then its fine. Its an amazing movie with a great story. There is a lot of violence but it looks fake and even though there is a lot it didn't scare me .This movie is violent but its a happy story at the end.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (36):

PANIC ROOM is not a movie about insight into the human condition or subtle, complex characters; this is just a movie about scaring the heck out of you, and it does that very expertly. On the outside, Forest Whitaker gets to play the good bad guy, while Mr. Leto and Mr. Yoakam act progressively more evil.

For a story which should have been a claustrophobic battle of wits, too often it's simply a battle of violence, although there are some riveting action sequences. And while the family dynamics are underdeveloped, the film does show how divorced parents and their children can remain a family even after separation.

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