Panic (2000 film)

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Theatrical Release Poster
Directed by Henry Bromell
Produced by Matt Cooper
Andrew Lazar
Lori Miller
Written by Henry Bromell
Music by Brian Tyler
Cinematography Jeffrey Jur
Edited by Lynzee Klingmanbr
Cindy Mollo
Brent White
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Release date
  • December 1, 2000 (2000-12-01)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3 million (est.)
Box office $1.7 million (US) (sub-total)

Panic is a 2000 American crime film directed by Henry Bromell and starring William H. Macy, Neve Campbell, Tracey Ullman, John Ritter and Donald Sutherland.

Despite not being a box office success, Panic received universal critical acclaim from critics, some of which called it one of the best movies of 2000. The performances of William H. Macy, John Ritter, and Donald Sutherland were hailed by critics.


Alex (Macy), a sad-eyed mournful man, goes into psychotherapy disclosing that he is a hit man. He also tells the doctor (Ritter) after a few sessions that he is attracted to a young woman he has met in the waiting room. She is Sarah (Campbell), 23, quick, edgy, and perhaps attracted to him as well. But he is married, the dutiful father of a young precocious boy, so Sarah brushes him off. In flashbacks we see him get his start as a killer, at his father's prompting since it is the family business. Dad gives Alex his next assignment: to kill the therapist. Alex keeps returning to Sarah, calling her, stopping by her apartment, as he decides what to do about the hit, his father, his marriage and his malaise.



The film received critical acclaim from critics, and holds a 91% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 56 reviews, with a consensus stating "This quirky little film about a gangster in therapy feels fresh and well-crafted." [1] Roger Ebert gave the film four stars.[2] Leonard Maltin gave the film two and a half stars but praised the acting, calling it "excellent." Many critics highlighted on the performances of John Ritter, William H. Macy, and Donald Sutherland, which received heavy praise.[3] Lisa Nesselson of Variety wrote "Pic’s title implies frenzy and wild activity, but the film’s charm evolves from its measured, unhurried rhythms, and originality from the tone: quirky yet convincing, irreverent yet moral."[4]


  1. ^ "Panic". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (19 January 2001). "PANIC". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Clark, Clark; Sader, Luke; Maltin, Leonard (2008). Leonard Maltin's 2009 Movie Guide. Penguin. ISBN 9780452289789.  page 1044
  4. ^ Nesselson, Lisa (15 September 2000). "Review: ‘Panic’". Variety. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 

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