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Disturbing Behavior (1998)



Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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David Nutter made his directorial debut with this fantasy thriller, attempting a switch on The Stepford Wives premise. The Clark family moves from Chicago to Cradle Bay, and Steve Clark (James Marsden) is cautioned by Gavin Strick (Nick Stahl) about the separating factions at the local high school, where the Blue Ribbons, a club of robotic perfect students, rule. Gavin claims a conspiracy is afoot, and sure enough, he turns into an ultra-perfect himself. Rachel Wagner (Katie Holmes) joins Steve

Aug 14, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (54) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (24) | DVD (8)

As relatively low-budget and quickly made teen shockers go, it's not too hard to take.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Surely, it's a definite solid thriller with very good performances, it just could be so much more with a little polish on the screenplay.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Cool kids go crazy -- why don't the nerds ever rise up?

February 19, 2003
Henderson Home News (Henderson, NV)

Put together by some of the production team responsible for "The X Files," "Behavior" frequently captures the same weird/wacky atmosphere found in some of that series' more lighthearted episodes.

June 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

...the filmmakers have such contempt for their target teenage audience, they don't bother with explanations.

April 8, 2001
Movie Metropolis

boring and predictable

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
Nitrate Online

A high-concept horror picture that squanders its premise from the first frame.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's like the makers of this film were so desperate to get a film together that they went to a horror paint-by-numbers book to get everything they needed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Marsden has blue eyes and clean-cut looks tailor-made for a Bop pinup--and all the emotional depth and acting range of the page it would be printed on.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Disturbing Behavior

Nothing more than a guilty pleasure. Plus James Marsden was so hot at 22.
November 11, 2011
Japes .

Super Reviewer

One of the many teen horror movies to come out after the popularity of Scream. It was ok but nothing memorable.
February 27, 2009

Super Reviewer

This is a cool teen thriller. Suprised it's not more well know as I only saw it through a recommendation. It's good fun if predictable. Very similar to The Faculty and with a strong cast.
July 5, 2008

Super Reviewer

Freakish and thriller with a terrifying way to turn its rebellious teens into model citizens - weird!
November 29, 2006
Dean McKenna

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    1. Dorian Newberry: (after hitting the cop over the head and knocking him out) That's a big rat!
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Rachel Wagner: (about going to Bishop Flats) Maybe this isn't a good idea.
    2. Steve Clark: Think of it as our first date.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Gavin Strick: Rae, Gavin Strick here. Live and unplugged. Guess if you found this, then you know. Am I hanging with Trent and Robby, and the rest of the Robots? God, I hope not. I hit the vents tonight when I split up with Stevie Boy. He doesn't believe. I went back to school, and I overheard Caldicott talking to some wonk. Mentioned 'Bishop Flats Eleven.' Caldicott called them his children. Then he freaked out on the guy and kicked him out of his office. So, I figure something's up with that. Keep an eye on U.V. For me, though I doubt they'll want him. I doubt they're interested in the pigmentally challenged. That's not their style. I have to go get paranoid. This is Gavin Strick, reporting live from The Reconstruction.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Gavin Strick: (now a programmed Blue Ribbon) Hello, class. Welcome.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Gavin Strick: What happened to you? Did you eat too much flank steak?
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
    1. Rachel Wagner: It has to be steroids. All those jocks are into it. Kelly Connor saw Andy Effkin bite the head off a kitten in a fit of rage.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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