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Unlawful Entry (1992)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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After their Los Angeles suburban house is burglarized, Karen and Michael Carr (Madeleine Stowe and Kurt Russell), are assisted by policeman Pete Davis (Ray Liotta). At first, Davis seems helpful and polite, even helping the Carrs when he is off duty. Soon, it becomes apparent that the policeman has developed an obsession for Karen, and he begins terrorizing the couple, with the intent of killing Michael and running away with Karen. Though the plot is fairly predictable, Unlawful Entry is


Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Lewis Colick

May 22, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (8) | DVD (7)

Although it exists primarily to send an audience into a bloodthirsty frenzy and has major credibility problems in the bargain, Unlawful Entry is still a very effective victimization thriller.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Neither Lewis Colick's script nor Jonathan Kaplan's direction is quite as streamlined as it could be, but you certainly get a run for your money.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Solid performances lend weight to the flakier elements, with Liotta turning crazed excess into something wild.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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More gripping than it is convincing.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The movie is a thriller, with all the usual trappings of a thriller, but the director, Jonathan Kaplan, is able to place the story in a plausible world.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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The plot is as tediously redundant as director Jonathan Kaplan's approach is carefully workmanlike.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Unlawful Entry does a tremendous job provoking the viewer with crude elements of bullying.

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source:

A wonderfully nasty turn from Liotta, along with a novel treatment of familiar plotlines, elevates Kaplan's effort into the 'must see' category.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Gordon lacks Scorsese's talent for unsettling his audience, but he can turn up the tension until you squirm in your seat or want to shout at the screen.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A paint-by-numbers suspense thriller redeemed by stylish, economic direction and a marvelous performance by Ray Liotta as a psycho L.A. cop.

April 9, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's an amazingly sharp, nasty little thriller that takes a silly situation and squeezes it to the core, vicious as a heart attack.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

This well-done suspense-thriller is a variation of the Fatal Attraction theme with Ray Liotta as the cop from hell.

March 4, 2006

Okay thriller.

April 22, 2005
7M Pictures

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January 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

A competent thriller, not much more.

November 28, 2003
New Times

Below average thriller. The power of a cop is scary, but most of the plot points are standard thriller moments, right down to the scary cat.

July 14, 2003

A solid, suspenseful "B" film

February 27, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

Kurt Russell gives new meaning to the term action hero. A real white-knuckler.

September 19, 2002

glossy, disappointingly flat thriller

August 4, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

The script strains credibility at times, and Jonathan Kaplan's direction flags, but with Ray Liotta as everyone's nightmare of a psycho cop, the movie holds us in a vise.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline

A taut thriller much of the way, Unlawful Entry suffers from some serious lapses in logic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Unlawful Entry

Ray Liotta does his "I'm intense and creepy" schtick as a cop who stalks a bland middle class couple in an uninteresting and unconvincing formulaic Hollywood thriller. "Move along folks, there's nothing to see here..."
May 29, 2007
xGary Xx

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Ray Liotta played a pretty creepy guy in this, enjoyed it, was really good
March 26, 2007

Super Reviewer

Pretty tense and exciting thriller of a 'friendly' cop becomes hell.
November 9, 2006
Dean McKenna

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Unlawful Entry is a psychological thriller with some chilling and frightening twists. After responding to a break-in at a suburban couple's home, an LAPD officer becomes obsessed with the wife and tries to make her his. The film stars Kurt Russell, Ray Liotta, and Madeleine Stowe; who all deliver good performances. And, the story is fairly well written, and does a good job at building suspense and terror. But there are parts of the film that are undeveloped, and the film style is a bit dated. Though Unlawful Entry is pretty much a by-the-numbers thriller, it's still compelling and exciting.
September 24, 2012
Dann Michalski

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    1. Michael Carr: What's it going to take to convince you? Me in a body bag?!
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