The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

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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
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Written By: Amanda Silver
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On DVD: Jul 10, 2013
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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.

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Seattle Times
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The film is unusually gripping.

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Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

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

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

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Los Angeles Times
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Unpretentious and efficient.

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Chicago Tribune
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