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At Theaters: 1/28/2005 On Video: 7/5/2005
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 41 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439990
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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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. 
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Robert DeNiro MEET THE FOCKERS, SHARK TALE, GODSEND
Dakota Fanning MAN ON FIRE, THE CAT IN THE HAT, UPTOWN GIRLS
Famke Janssen X-MEN 2, I SPY, DON'T SAY A WORD, X-MEN
Dylan Baker HEAD OF STATE
Director: John Polson SWIMFAN
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 F-word.
SEX/NUDITY: Suggested/briefly glimpsed sex; no nudity.
VIOLENCE: Shootings, woundings, violent falls.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol drinking; pill use.
ACTION: Foot chases.
COMEDY: Some kid humor.
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Below Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Ebert Full 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 Today Full 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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Based on an Exit Polling of 199 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
High
93%
13-19Teens (F)
26
Very High
88%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
27
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
41
High
98%
30+Adults (M)
39
Fairly High
92%
30+Adults (F)
51
Fairly High
94%
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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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.


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"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?

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