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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 29
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 9
Rotten: 5

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 46,817

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Movie Info

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is director Curtis Hanson's suburban horror story of a demented nanny bent on revenge for past wrongs. Peyton (Rebecca De Mornay) was once a happily married woman, but when her doctor husband is accused of assaulting a patient and he commits suicide, her world falls apart and she plots revenge. Claire (Annabella Sciorra), the woman who made the accusation, hires Peyton as a nanny, not knowing of their past involvement. Peyton then proceeds to terrorize the family, … More

Rating:
R
Genre:
Mystery & Suspense , Drama
Directed By:
Written By:
Amanda Silver
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Aug 28, 2001
Runtime:
Disney


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Critic Reviews for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (17) | DVD (1)

This is De Mornay's film and she's a wicked treat, looking daggers at her enemy one moment and then glazing over with sweetness the next.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Seattle Times
Top Critic

The film is unusually gripping.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

The careful structure of THTRTC guarantees that the movie will generate a fair amount of suspense throughout. But the single-mindedness of the movie is a genuine limitation, and, watching it, you begin to feel spoon-fed.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

With its banal, docile household threatened by an enemy within, the film is like The Stepfather without wit or irony.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

At its best, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a bright, nasty psychological thriller with a joker up its sleeve.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Unpretentious and efficient.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is that rare thing, a realistic thriller wise enough not to sell short any of its characters. Just be prepared to become very, very scared when you see it.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

This is pure unbridled hokum, of course, but extremely effective until the last 30 minutes, when the plot rapidly self-destructs.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Radio Times

All of the best parts here go to women -- Sciorra, De Mornay and Julianne Moore in a funny supporting bit as Claire's cynical, suspicious friend.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Philadelphia Daily News

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, though it positions itself as chilling suspense, is not even mildly scary; it's just offensive.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
People Magazine

Exploitation of child abuse and baby-stealing make this one a particularly nasty business.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Christian Science Monitor

Things go about the way you expect them to, but Curtis Hanson, who directed, manages to make it work.

Full Review… | July 10, 2013
Baltimore Sun

Five years before adapting and directing the modern masterpiece L.A. Confidential, Curtis Hanson helmed this sizable box office hit that, like 1987's Fatal Attraction, used home invasion as a crafty commercial hook.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Creative Loafing

De Mornay seems to have found her true vocation playing the nanny from hell, but while the ensuing thrills may well be enjoyed by many, anyone with offspring of their own would be wise to stay away.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
Film4

This jovially sinister, middle-class morality tale-cum-horror show is predictable, implausible and fiendishly entertaining.

Full Review… | April 14, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Scary premise of mad sitter vs mother and child...effective.

February 6, 2007
Dispatch-Tribune Newspapers

Audience Reviews for The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world. That is very true in this nail-biting, on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller. Excellent acting by Rebecca De Mornay, and Annabella Sciorra who I had not heard of until I watched this movie. Absolutely a great movie! You'll honestly enjoy this movie if your into thriller movies like I am. Rent it!!!! :)

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Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

Fucking stupid movie that my local tv channel used to run almost daily.

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Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

Disturbing.

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FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

Not a great thriller. It was really overhyped at the time!

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Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Quotes


Peyton Flanders:
Don't fuck with me retard.
– Submitted by russell b (12 months ago)
Marlene:
Poison!
Peyton Flanders:
Excuse me?!
– Submitted by Serene S (2 years ago)
Marlene:
If don't like this movie,then you don't enjoy good suspenseful movies. A lot of movies put you to sleep, not this one, entertaining.
– Submitted by Pat M (2 years ago)

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