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Eye For An Eye (1996)



Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 14

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An ordinary woman is driven to the point of violent revenge in this tense thriller. Karen McCann (Sally Field) is a suburban wife and working mother with two daughters. Karen's life is turned upside down when her 17-year-old daughter is raped and murdered, a crime she overhears on her cellular phone. Sgt. Denillo (Joe Mantegna), a bright and resourceful police detective, soon tracks down the culprit, an especially sleazy criminal named Robert Doob (Kiefer Sutherland). However, due to a minor


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Amanda Silver, Rick Jaffa

Apr 16, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (33) | DVD (8)

[A] really awful, hysterical thriller.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This blatant button-pusher plays upon our most primal emotions as well as the increasing disdain for the criminal justice system.

August 4, 2009
Washington Post
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A B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A-movie cast and director.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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The characterisation is so thin, and the plotting so crude, it's only the violence which sets this apart from the banalities of TV fare.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Never in his varied career has Mr. Schlesinger made a film as mean-spirited and empty as this.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Dumb dips from oppressive to offensive in this Sally Field suspense drama, which actually comes out for vigilantism.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Although it poses the interesting moral dilemma behind taking the law into your own hands, Schlesinger's film borders on the distasteful in its portrayal of rape and murder.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

Any pretence of thoughtful debate has long since been abandoned.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Directed by John Schlesinger from a screenplay by the Posse Comitatus.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Falls as flat as a flapjack

March 31, 2005

Much too overwrought and ridiculous to be taken seriously.

December 5, 2004 Full Review Source:

Rotten revenge flick. Avoid.

July 16, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum


April 23, 2003 Full Review

Sally Field versus Kiefer Sutherland...? I like it!

February 4, 2003
Sunday Times (Australia)

Shamelessly ugly and obvious revenge garbage.

July 26, 2002

Rather than make a statement, Schlesinger cops out in every way.

June 29, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Despite a great storyline (being based on the novel of the same name by Erika Holzer), this contemporary suspense/ drama about a mother-turned-vigilante is just too predictable.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I felt manipulated. Yeah, I know movies are about manipulation, but having Sally Field caught in traffic and listen to her daughter being raped and murdered is just over the top.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
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Audience Reviews for Eye For An Eye

Decent, but flawed thriller, Eye for an Eye could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The script has a good idea for a plot, but it definitely could have used a few rewrites because the finished the film seems to struggle in delivering great thrills. There things that I liked about the film, but overall I felt that the film had too much wasted potential on-screen. Kiefer Sutherland is a great villain in the film, and his performance makes the film worth watching despite its flaws. Director John Schlesinger could have done a bit better and considering that this is a revenge thriller, the way the film could have ended up could have turned out so much better if the script was better written, and some parts would have been rewritten. Eye for an Eye is a prime example of a decent flick that could have been much better, but ended up of falling flat of its mark. This is not a bad film, but it could have been so much better. The strength of the film lies in Sutherland's performance. As a whole this is an entertaining flick that I liked somewhat, but I did feel that it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. If you want a mindless, somewhat predictable thriller, then give this film a shot. However keep your expectations low on this one as it doesn't try to do anything creative to elevate the boundaries of the genre. Enjoyable, but flawed, Eye for an Eye is the type of film that you watch on a rainy night when there's nothing else better to do.
October 10, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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The film is slickly mad and suspenseful, but manipulative and unpleasant; under the lynch-mob surface there are hints of a more honest, thoughtful film about grief, loss, and anger.
January 7, 2008
Dean McKenna

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Starting with a dramatic opening, this film is quite good on a few different levels. the revenge plot is the most clear, but it also deals with the loss and anger of loosing a loved one, technicalities and loopholes of the law and also the pure rage that can dirive your average person to want to kill. Sutherland plays the bad guy pretty well.

VERDICT: Definitely worth a watch and leads you to question yourself if you were in the same position.
September 27, 2007

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