Domestic Disturbance Reviews

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
November 4, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 4, 2001
Movies like Domestic Disturbance leave me dispirited. There's nothing likable, exciting, or intriguing about them.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
November 3, 2001
Good acting, sharp photography, scary story--but wholly predictable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 3, 2001
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.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
November 3, 2001
Despite some genuinely well-handled tension, this film joins a long list of failed - and frustrating - thrillers.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 2, 2001
A serviceably entertaining, if formulaic, thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
Does a masterful job of building menace until about halfway through.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
November 2, 2001
The most surprising thing about the movie is that somebody bothered to make it.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 2, 2001
With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 2, 2001
There are thrills and shocks to be had here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 2, 2001
The way Domestic Disturbance plays now, it's as if its first half-hour is missing.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 2, 2001
A refreshingly unpretentious little thriller.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
November 2, 2001
Domestic Disturbance is essentially a B-movie chiller with A-list casting, and that works against it.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
November 2, 2001
The movie slogan is, 'He will do anything to protect his family.' And yet -- except for the hand-to-hand combat at the end -- Travolta is not hugely proactive, spending most of the time wrestling with whether or not he believes Danny.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2001
Since it purports to be a thriller, well, let's just say the edge of your seat doesn't exactly get a workout.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
November 2, 2001
About as tense as a game of connect-the-dots.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 2, 2001
The physical details are so unlikely they seem contrived even in a thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Tunison
Boxoffice Magazine
November 2, 2001
While there's nothing groundbreaking about this old-school family suspenser, director Harold Becker (City Hall) works a series of can't-miss elements with sufficient skill to make it succeed on its own humble terms.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
November 2, 2001
Replacing suspense with formula, Domestic Disturbance doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made.
Staci Layne Wilson
Fantastica Daily
November 2, 2001
What you see is what you get, and what you get is a well-acted, exciting suspense thriller that ties the knot -- er, noose, slowly until its choke-hold climax.
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