Eye for an Eye (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eye for an Eye (1996)



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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 technicality, Doob escapes conviction, even though he's clearly guilty. Karen's husband Mack (Ed Harris) suppresses his grief and tries to go on with his life, but Karen doesn't find this quite so easy; she joins a support group for parents of murdered children, and she discovers that within the group is an underground society that seeks vigilante justice against killers who've slipped through the net of the judicial system. Karen buys a gun, learns how to use it, and begins training in martial arts. She starts keeping tabs on Doob, and learns that he not only intends to kill again, he's targeting her younger daughter. Beverly D'Angelo co-stars as Karen's best friend Dolly, and Philip Baker Hall plays Sidney Hughes.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 16, 2002
Paramount Home Video


Sally Field
as Karen McCann
Kiefer Sutherland
as Robert Doob
Ed Harris
as Mack McCann
Beverly D'Angelo
as Dolly Green
Joe Mantegna
as Det. Sgt. Denillo
Charlayne Woodard
as Angel Kosinsky
Olivia Burnette
as Julie McCann
Alexandra Kyle
as Megan McCann
Darrell Larson
as Peter Green
Philip Baker Hall
as Sidney Hughes
Wanda Acuna
as Hispanic Housewife
Geoffrey Rivas
as Hispanic Housewife's...
Armin Shimerman
as Judge Younger
Natalia Nogulich
as Susan Juke
Nicholas Cascone
as Howard Bolinger
Justine Johnston
as Aunt McCann
Wayne Pére
as French Teacher
Joan Crowe
as Michelle
Jane Morris
as County Clerk
Bobby J. Foxworth
as Man Following Karen
Manny Rodriguez
as Gun Instructor
Michael Podwal
as Pilates Instructor
Zack Eginton
as Obnoxious Boy
Kim Kim
as Shopkeeper
A.C. Weary
as Newscaster
Francesca Roberts
as Parent of Murdered C...
Brenda Smith
as Waitress
Ron Dean
as Detective at McCann ...
David Courier
as Crime Scene Policema...
Ellis Williams
as Crime Scene Policema...
David Barrera
as Precinct Officer
Scott Waara
as Detective
Tom Lillard
as Bailiff
Angela Paton
as Moderator
William Mesnick
as Albert Gratz
Rondi Reed
as Regina Gratz
Eric Morris
as Columnist
Iris Field
as Office Staffer
Jeremy Eynon
as Office Staffer
Fort Atkinson
as Angry Man
Evelyn Parke
as 911 Caller
Dolores Velazquez
as Hispanic Woman
Pablo Velazquez
as Hispanic Man
Patricia Belcher
as Quarreling Woman
Alesia Jones
as Quarreling Woman
Maurice Sherbanee
as TV Salesman
Bob Clendenin
as Hotel Clerk
Larry Polson
as Yelling Man
Janet Dey
as Mourner
Buzz Barbee
as Mourner
Nino Polito
as Mourner
Cherie Franklin
as Parent of Murdered C...
Francesca P. Roberts
as Parent of Murdered C...
Marie Chambers
as Parent of Murdered C...
Rolando Molina
as Parent of Murdered C...
Ernie Vincent
as Parent of Murdered C...
Teddy Vincent
as Parent of Murdered C...
Minnie Summers Linds...
as Parent of Murdered C...
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Critic Reviews for Eye for an Eye

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (14)

[A] really awful, hysterical thriller.

Full Review… | August 4, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

A B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A-movie cast and director.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Never in his varied career has Mr. Schlesinger made a film as mean-spirited and empty as this.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Dumb dips from oppressive to offensive in this Sally Field suspense drama, which actually comes out for vigilantism.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Eye for an Eye

Outdated & by all means an avoidable flick.

familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I expected more from the director of Midnight Cowboy, Makes a few fair points but overall disappointing

Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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