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Domestic Disturbance (2001)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 75

Well-made but extremely predictable, Domestic Disturbance is an average thriller that may work better on TV.


Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 21

Well-made but extremely predictable, Domestic Disturbance is an average thriller that may work better on TV.



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John Travolta stars in this thriller as divorced husband and father Frank Morrison, a boat builder concerned about his son Danny (Matthew O'Leary), a troubled 11-year-old who has shown a tendency to lie since his parents broke up. When his ex-wife Susan (Teri Polo) announces that she's getting remarried to Rick Barnes (Vince Vaughn), a recent arrival in town and a popular, wealthy philanthropist, Frank struggles with jealousy but feels that Rick might be a stabilizing influence for his son. When


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Lewis Colick

Apr 16, 2002


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All Critics (117) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (75) | DVD (17)

It's dire, unimaginative silliness.

November 6, 2001 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Movies like Domestic Disturbance leave me dispirited. There's nothing likable, exciting, or intriguing about them.

November 4, 2001 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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It's big and dumb, all right -- the sort of thing you'd like to shoot with an elephant gun to put out of its misery.

November 3, 2001 Full Review Source:
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This film quickly sinks into a lame, ultra-predictable storyline that would never have made it past the made-for-cable-TV editorial commission.

February 10, 2004 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Filme feito para a sessão da tarde, onde bobagens deste tipo são aceitas com mais facilidade.

July 25, 2003
Cinema em Cena

Typical thriller material detracts from a touching father-son bonding story.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

As much excitement as an episode of Family Ties.

February 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

This is low-grade Lifetime fodder at best

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The movie seems to have been slapped together by an editor with attention-deficit disorder... introduces a new, risible complication with nearly every scene...

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Director Harold Becker helms what amounts to be a generic psychological drama that is about as complicated as a same-colored Rubix cube.

March 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Hits one predictable plot point after another until its rather sudden conclusion.

February 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

A fog of by-the-numbers clichés, unbelievable coincidences, and blatant theft from Hitchcock.

January 8, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

The real 'disturbance' is not in the home, but in the careers of all involved.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source:

Forget about dramatic tension. Or subtlety and nuance.

December 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's depressing, but you could swing a soccer mom through a multiplex and hit a half-dozen other American movies as mindless as this one.

December 1, 2001 Full Review Source:

At least it's not Battlefield: Earth II.

November 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/

Isn't it about time Travolta landed in a good film?

November 26, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The trailer tells the whole story and the movie telegraphs its punches.

November 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

There's very little about this cookie-cutter melodrama to dispel the impression that it is a high-concept TV-movie that somehow got misrouted and wound up on the big screen by mistake.

November 5, 2001
San Francisco Examiner

This is one of the funniest unintentionally funny movies you'll see this year.

November 5, 2001 Full Review Source: MovieJuice!

It's likely there's going to be some 'viewer disturbance' going on after audiences catch a whiff of this routine and thrill-less suspenser.

November 4, 2001 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Domestic Disturbance

Quite dull for a thriller and lacking in storyline. I would be seriously annoyed if I paid money to see this at the cinema instead of watching it on tv.
Looks cheaply made like a tv movie, except I have seen more entertaining tv movies. Why Vince Vaugh's character is a psycho is never explained (or it was but I was asleep through boredom in that bit). Pile of wishy washy characters I couldn't care less about.
April 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

Surprisingly good, a little predictable in places but a pretty good Thriller.

I do prefer Vince Vaughns more serious roles and think in this case he made a good bad guyl.

Easy watching, enjoyable and entertaining.
October 29, 2009

Super Reviewer

If this was a made for TV movie it would be quite good, it certainly has that feel about it but it?s not. It?s a made for cinema movie, so therefore is crap.
September 24, 2009

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