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Hide and Seek (2005)

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Release Date
• USA: Jan 28, 2005
• UK: 25 Feb 2005
DVD Release Date
• R1: Dec 13, 2005

Budget USD 30,000,000
BoxOffice: $51.0M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for frightening sequences and violence.

Running Time
1 hour, 40 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
20th Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures, Josephson Entertainment, MBC Beteiligungs Filmproduktion

Studio 20th Century Fox

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Genre: Thriller, Drama, Horror, Murder, Doctor

Tagline: Come out come out whatever you are

Plot: “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

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external linkUnfortunately this film is so formulaic, so contrived, that it's really almost hard not to laugh when one is supposed to be afraid. Many false "cat scares" at appropriately set times, plot turns, and some really awful one-liner taglines just make Hide and Seek embarrassing. It's as if the writers took a Standard Thriller Script out of a textbook, and filled in the characters' names and actions in the pre-set areas of the story. 2.5/5

external linkThe people in Hide and Seek inspire neither love nor hate; in fact, they don’t really inspire anything except perhaps to wonder how such an undistinguished film got made in the first place. 2/5
--Don Kaye (

external linkThis movie tried to be a sophisticated thriller and failed with its obvious plot and slow scenes...A decent thriller, but too slow and predictable for my liking. Worth a rent, but nothing more. 6/10
--FrighT MasteR (UHM)

external linkHide and Seek is being sold as a supernatural thriller, but the only unexplained phenomenon is how this movie succeeded in making it into theaters. It is a ghastly experience, and I left the theater feeling as if I had waded neck-deep through a stream ofraw sewage. 1/4
--James Berardinelli (ReelViews)

external linkAt the beginning of "Hide and Seek," I thought I was going to be interested in the characters all the way to the end, but then the plot went on autopilot. In a movie like "The Ballad of Jack and Rose," the characters keep on living and learning and hurting and hungering, and there's no surprise at the end to let them off the hook. 2/4
--Roger Ebert (Chicago Sun-Times)

external linkNice cast, bad movie. 2/5
--Vince Leo (

external linkThe latest, Hide and Seek, turns a simple children's game into a boneless, psychological pretense for stale chills...The illiterate, no-holds-barred slashing finale is a prime example of a desperate film that’s run out of gas. 1.5/5
--David Levine (

external linkJust when it seems that her creepy countenance will save the day, the film nosedives into a ludicrous psychological twist that drags it straight down to horror-film hell. 1/4
--Jeanne Aufmuth

external linkThe movie is one long, intolerable wait for the viewers, who can hear the gears of the script creaking. Finally in the story's conclusion, an explanation, completely out of left field, surfaces to insult everyone's intelligence. Groan. 0.5/4
--Steve Rhodes

external linkIt's also a film in which no character ever turns on the lights, because if they ever did, we could see exactly what was happening, and how stupid it really is. 32/100
--Shay Casey

external link“Hide and Seek” plays a game with its audience. D
--Rebecca Murray

external linkIn fact, the only really shocking thing about “Hide and Seek” (which is supposed to be a thriller, after all) is the fact that such a crappy script managed to attract such a strong cast to make fools of themselves. 1/5
--Peter Sobczynski (

external linkIt trots out the world's oldest and hairiest "thriller conceit" (a creepy child's "imaginary friend." Ooooooohh!) and then proceeds to beat the thing to death for 95 endless minutes. And tossed on top of this ridiculous piece of generic fluff is the formerly reputable Robert De Niro, an actor who seems single-mindedly intent upon destroying his sterling reputation. 1/5
--Scott Weinberg (

 Directed by
John Polson
Swimfan, Mission: Impossible II, Sirens
 Written by
Robert De Niro
Goodfellas, The Godfather: Part II, Heat
Dakota Fanning
War of the Worlds, Man on Fire, I Am Sam
Famke Janssen
X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand
Elisabeth Shue
Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, Hollow Man
Amy Irving
Traffic, Carrie, The Rage: Carrie 2
Dylan Baker
Spider-Man 2, Road to Perdition, The Cell
Melissa Leo
21 Grams, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Homicide: The Movie
 Music By
John Ottman
The Usual Suspects, X2, Fantastic Four

external linkHide and Seek could fall into the category of those “well, what was the surprise ending?” movies – and if one chooses to overlook the film’s 10-year-old star, then indeed – it falls with a loud, unoriginal thump. 3/5
--Laura Kyle (

external link``Hide and Seek'' aspires to a ``Sixth Sense''-style final plot twist, but only succeeds in being utterly stupid. 1/4
--James Verniere

external linkI can recommend "Hide and Seek" to you if you enjoy films depicting families who move into giant, secluded houses where odd phenomena occur, and in particular if you like for those phenomena to involve old music boxes....And do you like multiple red herrings and climaxes full of deus ex machinae? Then once again, "Hide and Seek" is up your alley. C
--Eric D. Snider (

external linkThe film is also pretty redundant and slow-moving after a while, with the basic premise being established, followed by a ton of odd behavior and actions by the little girl. 5/10
--'JoBlo' (

external linkBrilliantly cast but ultimately laughable thriller that squanders its initially intriguing set-up. 2/5
--Matthew Turner (ViewLondon)

external linkHide and Seek is a more ambitious affair, chockablock with weird moments that leave you thinking that this – maybe, perhaps, probably not – could be a keeper. 1.5/5
--Marc Savlov (Austin Chronicle)

external linkHide and Seek is a movie that presumably she'll want to hide on her filmography as she crafts her own esteemed career. C-
--Robert Denerstein



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