The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Reviews

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May 30, 2018
De Mornay's performance vacillates so wildly between sweet solicitousness and icy murderousness that it draws as many giggles as gasps.
November 28, 2017
Disturbing thriller about a babysitter; cursing, violence.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
This is pure unbridled hokum, of course, but extremely effective until the last 30 minutes, when the plot rapidly self-destructs.
July 10, 2013
The film is unusually gripping.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, though it positions itself as chilling suspense, is not even mildly scary; it's just offensive.
July 10, 2013
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.
July 10, 2013
With its banal, docile household threatened by an enemy within, the film is like The Stepfather without wit or irony.
July 10, 2013
At its best, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a bright, nasty psychological thriller with a joker up its sleeve.
July 10, 2013
Exploitation of child abuse and baby-stealing make this one a particularly nasty business.
July 10, 2013
Unpretentious and efficient.
July 10, 2013
Things go about the way you expect them to, but Curtis Hanson, who directed, manages to make it work.
September 13, 2012
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.
September 7, 2011
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle keeps you watching, yet this oddly somber thriller is really just a transparent chain of contrivances; it's all stunts, all concept.
October 18, 2008
Peyton plays upon Claire's deepest anxieties -- her sexual insecurity, her fear of child molesters -- to vicious effect. Hanson and Silver manipulate our anxieties no less adeptly, but a good deal more playfully.
April 14, 2008
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.
April 14, 2008
This jovially sinister, middle-class morality tale-cum-horror show is predictable, implausible and fiendishly entertaining.
April 14, 2008
A low-key thriller that will make baby boomers double-check the references of any prospective nanny.
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