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 … 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


as Karen McCann

as Robert Doob

as Mack McCann

as Dolly Green

as Det. Sgt. Denillo

as Angel Kosinsky

as Julie McCann

as Megan McCann

as Peter Green

as Angel Kosinsky

as Sidney Hughes

as Hispanic Housewife

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as Judge Younger

as Susan Juke

as Howard Bolinger

as Aunt McCann

as French Teacher

as Michelle

as County Clerk

as Man Following Karen

as Gun Instructor

as Pilates Instructor

as Teacher

as Obnoxious Boy

as Shopkeeper

as Newscaster

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as Precinct Officer

as Detective

as Bailiff

as Moderator

as Albert Gratz

as Regina Gratz

as Columnist

as Office Staffer

as Office Staffer

as Angry Man

as 911 Caller

as Hispanic Woman

as Hispanic Man

as Quarreling Woman

as Quarreling Woman

as TV Salesman

as Hotel Clerk

as Yelling Man

as Mourner

as Mourner

as Mourner

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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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