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Hide and Seek Review

  • Rated: frightening sequences and violence
  • Runtime: 49 min.
  • Genres: Drama, Suspense/Horror
  • Director:Su Friedrich

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

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

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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!"

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

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

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Surprises with its intensity and grip.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Older teens may enjoy; too creepy for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a very scary movie with intense peril and upsetting deaths. For those who have dealt with loss, the killer, "Charlie" will be especially disturbing since he wins Emily as a friend when she most needs someone to help her. Issues of trust and the suffering of main characters, including a child, are themes in this movie. Relationships are strained by inability of characters to handle trauma. There is social drinking, infidelity, and implied psychological spousal abuse.

  • Families can talk about why Emily did not feel like she could talk about her emotions directly and what other characters might have done to let Emily know she was not alone. What does the last picture that we see on-screen mean about Emily and about the future?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Intense peril and violence, characters killed, grisly and explicit images, suicide, on-screen murder, child threatened, references to child's death, intense peril, atmospheric creepiness, cruelty to animals.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Reference to marital infidelity.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild for an R.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, prescription medication.