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Dakota Fanning--the elfin star ofUptown Girls,The Cat in the Hat, andMan on Fire--trades in her blond locks for a semi-gothic brunette do inHide and Seek. Fanning plays Emily, a young girl whose mother commits suicide. To help Emily through the trauma, her father David (Robert DeNiro), a psychologist, takes her to an isolated house in upstate New York. But instead of healing, Emily gets dark circles under her eyes, mutilates her favorite doll, and develops an imaginary friend named Charlie. In no time at all, things get spooky and David suspects this imaginary friend isn't so friendly.Hide and Seekowes a lot toThe Shining, but whether the creepiness is borrowed or not, there's a decent dose of it (though the twist at the end is unlikely to surprise many viewers). DeNiro does his job with professional gloss, but Fanning carries the movie; she's got the kind of charisma that goes beyond acting ability--that ineffable glow that makes an audience want to watch her.Hide and Seekalso features Famke Janssen (X-Men), Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas), and the ever-dependable Dylan Baker (Happiness).--Bret Fetzer
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CastRobert De Niro, Dakota Fanning, Amy Irving, Famke Janssen, Elisabeth Shue
DirectorJohn Polson
Screen WriterAri Schlossberg
DVD Release Date:  July 5, 2005
Runtime:  101 minutes
Studio:  20th Century Fox
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review by . October 04, 2009
This is a great horror film and it's not cheesy like most similar types of movies. I don't want to say anything to give the movie away so I will make it short. I have to say this is one of the most unpredictable movies that I have ever seen. Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning were both very believable characters. I bet you can't predict the ending! I would highly recommend this movie.
review by . August 20, 2005
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"Hide And Seek" is okay. It's better than De Niro's other recent thriller, which involved cloning(the title escapes me right now). But in the long run, it's just another run-of-the-mill, cookie-cutter thrill flick.     Dakota Fanning is sufficient as DeNiro's daughter who has become rather silent and stand-offish since walking in on her mother's successful suicide attempt. DeNiro moves to the country hoping to bring her out of her shell. Unfortunately for the both of them, Fanning …
review by . July 08, 2005
HIDE AND SEEK is a multileveled film that raises as many questions as it answers. Even the screenwriter Ari Schlossberg and director John Polson seem as though they weren't sure about the mysterious workings of their characters: there are four alternative endings on the DVD, each of which suggests something much different than the final moments of this sleekly drawn suspense thriller. I like that! This is a story that the audience will feel seduced by the odd behaviors of ALL of the characters: …
review by . January 27, 2005
Pros: Good cast and Premise.     Cons: Lousy ending, horrible pacing.     The Bottom Line: A waste of time and talent.     The mind is a deep a complex organ that science still struggles to fully comprehend, despite the countless hours of research and study that have been expended in unlocking the mysteries contained within.   In the new thriller “Hide and Seek”, audiences are introduced to Dr. David Callaway (Robert De …
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