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Panic (2000)



Critic Consensus: This quirky little film about a gangster in therapy feels fresh and well-crafted.

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A middle-aged man finds love in the last place he was looking -- his psychiatrist's waiting room -- in this dark comedy drama. Alex (William H. Macy) is a man in his mid-forties who is having something of a midlife crisis; he's unhappy with his life; his marriage to Martha (Tracey Ullman) is going through a rough patch; he's worried about his six-year-old son, on whom he dotes; and he wishes he hadn't bucked under to the wishes of his domineering father Michael (Donald Sutherland) and started working in the family business. Making things even more problematic is the family's line of work -- Alex is a killer-for-hire. Alex feels as if he's about to unravel from stress when he begins seeing Josh (John Ritter), a psychiatrist. One day, while waiting for his session with Josh, Alex meets Sarah (Neve Campbell), a sweet, pretty, but severely neurotic young woman with an omnivorous sexual appetite. Alex and Sarah take an immediate liking to one another, and Alex begins to pursue a romance with her, though he knows an affair could create more problems than it solves, especially after Michael informs Alex that Josh is his next target. Panic marked the feature debut for writer/director Henry Bromell, who previously distinguished himself as a novelist and a television producer. The supporting cast includes Barbara Bain as Alex's mother, who helped get her husband started in the business.

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All Critics (56) | Top Critics (18)

A gently subversive outing full of nicely limned characters.

June 6, 2008

Bromell ... is adept at piercing the heart of dysfunctional family ties.

June 7, 2001

It's less the plot than the texture that makes the film such an engaging surprise.

May 17, 2001 | Rating: A-

The results are quietly electrifying.

April 20, 2001 | Rating: 3/4

Stylish and assured, but it's finally too studied to get the kind of emotional heft it's looking for from its effects.

April 20, 2001 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Radiates quiet and calm, while simmering with tension both comic and tragic.

April 20, 2001

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Great cast great movie. 4 1/2 stars

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Cast: William H. Macy, John Ritter, Neve Campbell, Donald Sutherland, Tracey Ullman, Barbara Bain, David Dorfman, Tina Lifford, Bix Barnaba, Nicholle Tom Director: Henry Bromell Summary: Alex seems like a normal guy, with a family and a job selling mail-order trinkets. But Alex also has a secret: He's a contract killer suffering a midlife crisis. When he visits a therapist, he meets Sarah, the one person he may have needed all along. My Thoughts: "I think the title of the film is misleading and I'm not the first to point in out. Alex is more in a numb state of mind. No 'Panic' in this film. Alex is a layed back hit man who has become tired of his life. The best moments in the film is Alex's conversations with his six year old son Sammy, who is played by David Dorfman. He was adorable and really great in the film. The story is kinda slow but not in a dragging way. More in the way that it lets the story play out without being rushed. I enjoyed the movie and even liked the ending, even if it was predictable. William H. Macy gives a great performance, and it was nice seeing a film with the late John Ritter. Miss him."


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