No matter how much hair and makeup I do, it's not going to happen." The Daily Californian conceded that "Despite the plot's failings, Cuthbert does a convincing job in her role, exuding an outer shell so tough that when her inner, softer layers emerge, it's a natural change of character.Empire Movies agreed, commenting that "this is Elisha Cuthbert's best film performance to date.In 2001, she starred in the movie Lucky Girl, in which she received her first award, the Gemini Awards, but her career began in earnest in the 2000s when she played Kim Bauer, daughter of Jack Bauer in the action series 24.Subsequently, Cuthbert appeared in the lead role in the films The Quiet (2005) and Captivity (2007).Mick La Salle of the San Francisco Chronicle said of the film, "Elisha Cuthbert's matter-of-fact, likable quality helps.
She appeared in other Canadian family films and in an airplane thriller, Airspeed.
She made her first televised appearance as an extra in the horror-themed series for children, Are You Afraid of the Dark? Cuthbert co-hosted Popular Mechanics for Kids with Jay Baruchel, filmed in Montreal.