Swift and stealthy P2 is a canny exploitation of one of the urban woman's greatest fears: the after-hours parking garage.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Cheerfully manipulative, P2 is the kind of movie that invites audiences to yell back at the screen and cheer.
Mike Mayo - Washington Post
Amid the dumbness and disgust for paying customers, the movie does manage to cough up something I didn't expect: a performance so terrible you can't quite believe it's happening: Bentley's.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
It sounds like a formula slasher film, but it's actually done well.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
The same old grim game of cat and mouse. Sure, we hope the mouse gets away. But mostly we just want the whole thing to end.
Jessica Reaves - Chicago Tribune
A slickly efficient neo-grindhouse shocker, a gory palate cleanser for this season of high-toned Oscar magnets and high-minded political dramas.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
P2 struggles to maintain its momentum because there's simply not enough to do in a parking garage to fill out a feature film.
John Anderson - Variety
This is one of those thrillers where the person on-screen is often the only person in the theater who can't guess what'll happen next.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
[A] miscast, misdirected botch of a can't-miss plot.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
P2 feels like a vehicle lost in an after-hours parking facility, constantly backing up, shifting gears and generally speeding around in circles in a vain attempt to get somewhere.
Geoff Pevere - Toronto Star
The majority of [director Khalfoun's] chase and fight scenes are so artlessly staged that they render suspense moot.
Jason McBride - Globe and Mail
A serviceable gore-minded thriller --- a competent execution of a premise that ultimately becomes hampered by its inherent constraints.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A minimalist and unimaginative horror thriller.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
The idea of a delusional man holding a beautiful woman captive isn't exactly original, but in the skilled hands of screenwriters Alexandre Aja and Gregory Levasseur the result is a thoroughly engrossing psycho-thriller that never lets up.
Steve Newton - Georgia Straight
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Dean Essner - BBC
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Unscary, uninteresting tosh from people who should know better.
Dan Jolin - Empire Magazine
It's lurid and overblown, relying on its lionhearted heroine never to play her most obvious escape card, but for those with a taste for such silliness, it makes for a harrowing night at the movies.
Rossiter Drake - San Francisco Examiner
....easily surpasses everything those horror remakes of late entail. Revels in tis ability to put sweat on faces, by way of a tense skirmish between car spaces
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Toda a trama nada mais e do que uma mera desculpa para enfiar a belissima atriz num vestidinho branco justo e encharca-la a fim de que ele fique ainda mais grudado em seu corpo escultural.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
all the pieces are in place for a great thriller - and then, just like your typical Yuletide get-together, it all falls a little flat.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Has quite a bit going for it, which makes its eventual reliance on inane genre gimmicks that much more disappointing.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
Despite an enormously creepy turn from Bentley, the story has nowhere else to go but into the standard (albeit judiciously used) stalk-and-slash territory.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
About as basic and unmemorable as a horror flick gets.
Scott Weinberg - FEARnet
Take "Red Eye," mix it with "Creep," and add a dash of "Haute Tension," finely puree with a sprinkle of camp, and what you have is a long tall glass of this demented horror film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Film Threat
P2 doesn't have the grisly intensity of Aja's other work, in spite of a few moments of cartoonish gore.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Dean Essner - Screen International
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
P2 is nothing fancy or flashy. It could use more innovation, and either tension or dark creepiness, but all in all, it's not a bad directing debut for Khalfoun.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Cheesy, cheap and laughable...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Manages to churn out enough tension and thrills to keep things interesting.
Scott Collura - IGN Movies
Bentley plays the role of funny, cagey psychopath quite well, and the film packs more laughs than frights. What woman wouldn't be interested after his homicidal message of love?
Drew Toal - Time Out New York
Has a central setup that only holds water if we assume that the victim has recently escaped from a home for the terminally bewildered.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
How is it that Elvis has become the go-to sign of boys' obsessions?
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
"P2" won't make horror fans say "P-U."
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Storyline was laid out well. There were a few scenes where you find yourself laughing at the movie, but overall it was a decent thriller.
Vince Koehler - Entertainment Spectrum
P2 trembles in the shadow of Red Eye but it's not without its virtues.
Rob Humanick - Slant Magazine
Wes Bentley...may be a tad over the top as a sociopathic parking attendant, but the paces he puts his victim through are cleverly thought out (one impossibility excepted) and continually rachet up the tension.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
[A] film that would have been better served if released only as a DVD and not in theaters, or better yet not released at all.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Like a driver lost in a parking garage, this awful splatter-fest spends its time going in circles accomplishing nothing.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The movie never gets out of the basement either.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Dave White - Movies.com
At least P2 has a little bit of psychological thrill to it.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
a strictly middle-of-the-road entry in the slasher genre, scoring points for performances and areas of execution but running out of creative juice far too early, settling for stock chills and thrills
Jay Antani - Boxoffice Magazine
P2 may be bad enough to become some other type of classic than the holiday kind.
Mark Rahner - Seattle Times
An efficient scare package that breaks no new ground but gets the job done.
Maitland McDonagh - Film Journal International
The only scary part about this is that someone out there might actually love it.
Chris Farnsworth - E! Online
... a well-tooled premise executed with surprising restraint, at least compared to the gore-centric sadism of the current crop of horror films.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Even by the low standards of the horror subgenre playfully nicknamed "torture porn," P2 is scraping the bottom of the movie barrel.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
...a welcome respite from the awards-season fodder currently flooding cinemas.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Sometimes a hoary old cliche can come bubbling back to life if handled in a respectful and direct manner - and this describes P2 perfectly.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
It knows what it is and never purports to be anything but efficient and engrossing.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Just in time for the holidays comes this vile exercise in yuletide terror. On the plus side Rachel Nichols gets to run around in a slip most of the time.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
There's some ghoulish humor in P2, and a couple of scares, but it's little more than the umpteenth variation of the woman-locked-in-a-house plot.
Walter V. Addiego - San Francisco Chronicle
Goofy even when he's being grotesque, Bentley turns P2 into a comedy without going so far as to make fun of it.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Despite its clumsy flaws, P2 has one or two worthwhile ideas.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Though the filmmakers probably believe it becomes some sort of female-empowerment vehicle in the end, it's really just another thriller that relishes in the victimization of women.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Brutal, minimalist stalker bloodbath. Pass.
Charles Cassady - Common Sense Media
Directed without much imagination, P2 is gory and gruesome, yet never scary or affecting.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Wes Bentley's screaming and ranting is (unintentionally) funny, not unnerving. It's like being menaced by Tobey Maguire.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
P2 would be no more absurd as a movie about a vending machine button or a confused bingo dealer.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
A mostly threadbare Christmas stocking with too many plot holes to patch.
Graham Killeen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
By no means is 'P2' the end-all, be-all of thriller/horrors but it is a perfectly enjoyable little slice of mindless fun.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
You would be better off spending 96 minutes stuck in the parking garage of the movie theater instead of in the multiplex watching it%u2013at the very least, the carbon monoxide fumes probably won't kill as many brain cells.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
Bentley doesn't have what it takes to be creepy and scary. He's too pretty. I have a feeling most women in the audience would be quite happy if he tied them up
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Routine but skillful, P2 takes a bare-bones premise and uses it to string up a series of escalatingly tense situations.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Who decided that a horrorfest set in an underground parking garage needed to be made?
Anne Gilbert - Filmcritic.com
On the elevator button scale of horror, I would say that P2 is not as scary as LL1, but a massive improvement over GRND LVL.
Brian Orndorf - eFilmCritic.com
There's a fine line between the gloriously grotesque and the repulsively grisly, and the picture crosses it too often.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The ingredients of modern horror kill the atmosphere and make P2 less scary, not more.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Doesn't exactly advance the genre -- think Red Eye with twice the gore and triple the dumb -- but some above-the-call performances and a nifty use of its setting make this two-hander a genuinely creepy diversion.
Andrew Wright - The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
P2 is gory, scary, creepy, gripping, and sometimes ridiculous (in the sublime sense). What more can any horror fan ask for in their Christmas stalking?
Staci Layne Wilson - Horror.com