I disagree that Panic Room
goes from pro-feminist to man-hating or even that it was pro-feminist to begin with. Every movie that pits a strong female character against male villains does not have to have a feminist agenda. In fact, it's somewhat denigrating to women to suggest that the presence of a strong woman is so extraordinary that that, in itself, is enough to make a feminist point. Foster's character may be a loving mother and performs well in a crisis, but she's also a 30-something student financially dependent on her ex-husband. She's as much a cliche as any other character in the movie. She's a genre archetype, not a political icon. And the third female character in the movie (the real estate agent) is an idiot. SPOILERS
The ex-husband enters the movie at a point where the violence begins to escalate. And the source of the violence is not the women. I didn't take any perverse pleasure in seeing him get his comeuppance and I don't think I was intended to. Despite their earlier disparaging comments, Meg and Sarah were clearly distraught viewing his beating and when Sarah runs to him at the end, it's clear that she still loves him in spite of the fact that he left her mother for a younger woman she can't stand. None of that adds up to man-hating.