The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)



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Curtis Hanson's suburban horror story stars Rebecca De Mornay as Peyton, an unstable woman who takes a job as a nanny in order to exact revenge on her employers.
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Annabella Sciorra
as Claire Bartel
Rebecca De Mornay
as Peyton Flanders
Matt McCoy
as Michael Bartel
Ernie Hudson
as Solomon
Julianne Moore
as Marlene
Madeline Zima
as Emma Bartel
John De Lancie
as Dr. Mott
Justin Zaremby
as Schoolyard Bully
Eric Melander
as Baby Joe
Ashley Melander
as Baby Joe
Cliff Lenz
as `Seattle Today' Host
Penny LeGate
as `Seattle Today' Host
Mary Anne Owen
as Dr. Mott's Nurse
Therese Xavier Tinling
as Receptionist
Todd Jamieson
as Surgeon
Laura Ferri
as Emergency Room Nurse
Dee Dee Van Zyl
as Emergency Room Nurse
Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
as Peyton's Nurse
Sara Jennifer Sharp
as Peyton's Nurse
Susan Chin
as Newscaster
Kimberly Hill
as Newscaster
Jane Jones
as Woman in Park
Ericka Matson
as Child in Schoolyard
Robert James
as Child in Schoolyard
Aimee Kanemori
as Child in Schooolyard
Elaine Micklesen
as Child in Schoolyard
Brian T. Finney
as Botanical Gardens Worker
Stephen West
as Federal Express Clerk
David Scully
as Male Lab Worker
Julie Clemmons
as Female Lab Worker
Joseph Franklin
as Man at Cleaners
Tom Francis
as Marlene's Assistant
Jeff Conkel
as Paramedic
Patrick Ryals
as Policeman
Charles Lucia
as Realtor
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Critic Reviews for The Hand that Rocks the Cradle

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (14)

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.

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

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!!!! :)

Cassie Hill
Cassie Hill

Super Reviewer

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

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

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Tim Salmons

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