Hide And Seek

20th Century Fox Released 2005


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John Polson
'Come out, come out, wherever you are!' That command is familiar to everyone who has played the children's game Hide-and-Seek. The words and game take us back to an innocent, carefree time in our lives, where the simple goal was to find hiding playmates. Many children could even enjoy a spirited game with imaginary friends. But then, imaginary friends can sometimes seem so real' For young Emily Callaway, her games of Hide-and-Seek with an imaginary friend named Charlie have become anything but simple and innocent. Instead she finds herself in the middle of a series of increasingly nightmarish acts that even her father David cannot stop. Who, or what, is Charlie' David wonders. How can an 'imaginary' entity have this kind of hold on her' Maybe Charlie is not imaginary at all, but instead a flesh-and-blood, malevolent presence' Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro stars as David Callaway, a troubled father and widower in the suspense-thriller HIDE AND SEEK; and Dakota Fanning portrays his young daughter Emily, who is hiding an incredible secret. As the story opens, Callaway's wife Alison (Amy Irving) dies suddenly, traumatizing Emily. Father and daughter move to up-state New York to distance Emily from the memories of her life in Manhattan with her mother. Soon thereafter Emily develops a friendship with Charlie. At first David sees Charlie as a positive way for Emily to express herself, but a series of terrifying acts lead him to imagine the unimaginable.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 40

    The New York Times 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.

  • 40

    Variety Derek Elley

    A routine haunted child psychothriller gussied up with A-list casting.

  • 30

    Los Angeles Times 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.

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Thrillers, Psychological Horror