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Callaway's wife Alison dies suddenly, traumatizing Emily. Father and daughter move to Upstate 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: Charlie may actually be real…and if so, he must be stopped.
Thriller Drama - This is a violent thriller with more psychological than supernatural
overtones despite the advertising's emphasis on the latter. The
many scenes involving a child in jeopardy may upset parents. The
film's twists may be more predictable than scary.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor Hide 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 of raw sewage.
Roger EbertFull Review Average 'Hide and Seek' is not really interested in its situation, except as a way to get to the horror ending. I like horror films, but I don't like to feel jerked around by them.
USA TodayFull Review Below Average Admittedly, this is scraping the barrel as screen distinctions go, but it's early in the year. And by now, even casual moviegoers know full well the caliber of major-studio releases that get dumped into January,... But if there were an Oscar for "most derivative drama," voters would have to go no further.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 199 moviegoer opinions. While these opinions aren't great, they certainly aren't bad. For one thing, only a few rated it as low as "Fair" so most enjoyed it, at least to some degree. Unfortunately, there weren't very many high opinions, except from the teens. What this tells me is that most adults will find "Hide and Seek" to be an average to slightly above average movie. Most teens will enjoy it quite a bit, but about 25% will feel it's, at best, an average movie.
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?