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Hide and Seek (2005)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  28 January 2005 (USA)
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As a widower tries to piece together his life in the wake of his wife's suicide, his daughter finds solace -- at first -- in her imaginary friend.



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Hide and Seek revolves around a widower and his daughter. They move to upstate and Emily soon creates an imaginary friend named Charlie... but this act takes an unexpected and terrifying turn, where her father and doctor start to worry about Emily's gruesome habits. Written by ek025

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for frightening sequences and violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 January 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mente siniestra  »

Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$21,959,233 (USA) (28 January 2005)


$3,082,877 (Japan) (13 May 2005)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Contrary to popular belief, Dakota Fanning actually wore a brown wig, rather than having her hair dyed. See more »


When David says goodnight to Emily on the first day in the new house, presenting her the diary, he is wearing a green sweater, but when he leaves the room, he is suddenly wearing a gray one. See more »


[first lines]
Alison: Faster.
Emily: No, no, no.
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References The Shining (1980) See more »


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Written by Heinz Kiessling
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Come out wherever you are.....
12 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

As a psychological thriller, or a horror film, "Hide and Seek" doesn't break new ground. In fact, once it's over, the viewer feels somehow manipulated by what we have just witnessed. There are, supposedly, four different alternative endings for the movie, but unfortunately, the one being shown, doesn't add anything to what we have already seen.

Although the film has some interesting moments, director John Polson has gone for the Grand Guignol effect. Ari Schlosberg's screen play gives us hints about what to expect, yet, when we realize the mystery at the center of the story, we keep scratching our heads.

Suffice it to say, this film doesn't add anything to Robert DeNiro's brilliant career. Mr. DeNiro's last choices in films puzzle us, as well as his fans because we know he is capable of doing much better. Yet, as shown with this film and "Meet the Parents", and its sequel, "Meet the Fockers", "Analize This", and "Analize That", the actor keeps us wondering about his choices.

Dakota Fanning is a young actress who shows an uncanny sense of how to upstage Mr. DeNiro in most of their scenes together. As Emily, in this film, this girl shows an enormous range in what she is capable of doing. One can see Ms. Fanning growing to be another Jody Foster in later years.

The rest of the cast is completely underused. Amy Irving is only seen in flashbacks, which is a shame since she is a valuable actress. Famke Janssen has a few key scenes. The same goes for Melissa Leo, Elisabeth Shue and Robert John Burke.

The only consolation was it was shown on cable and we felt lucky not having spent the price of admission.

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