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Unlawful Entry may not depict a particularly novel or believable situation, but tense direction and a roundly committed cast make it easy to get caught up in the moment. Read critic reviews

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Happily married Michael (Kurt Russell) and Karen Carr (Madeleine Stowe) call the police after a failed robbery. Officer Pete Davis (Ray Liotta) arrives and helps arrange the installation of a new security system. The grateful Carrs have Pete to dinner and strike up a friendship. Pete invites Michael to ride with him during a night's patrol and gives him the chance to beat up the burglar. Michael refuses and tells the disturbed cop to stay away, but Pete begins stalking the terrified couple.

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Kurt Russell
Michael Carr
Ray Liotta
Officer Pete Davis
Roger E. Mosley
Officer Roy Cole
Ken Lerner
Roger Graham
Deborah Offner
Penny, Karen's Friend
Andy Romano
Capt. Russell Hayes
Dino Anello
Leon, the Dealer
George D. Putnam
Writer
James Horner
Original Music
Russell Mael
Original Music
Jamie Anderson
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Critic Reviews for Unlawful Entry

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (9)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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
  • 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…
  • Solid performances lend weight to the flakier elements, with Liotta turning crazed excess into something wild.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • More gripping than it is convincing.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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  • Nov 03, 2012
    Dated in some ways (it has only become more formulaic with the passage of time), but still a serviceable thriller, Unlawful Entry is a paranoid movie that justifies paranoia. Russell is convincing as the 'every man' having to deal with the always enjoyable and underrated Ray Liotta, as a crazed and envious cop. It is their interactions that really make the film watchable, and helps sell the more absurd elements of the narrative. The direction also does a good job of keeping the film tensely paced, with scene construction that builds up the suspense well. The script is adequate from the standpoint that, while we know where the script is headed, it manages to keep enough surprises in store that we stay engaged. At the same time, the overall set-up strains believably--how can Madeleine Stowe's character possibly be so dumb and naive? How could others in the department not notice the unhinged and impulsive Officer Davis (Liotta)? There are simply too many holes and logical leaps to make Unlawful Entry anything more than a B level-thriller. But taken on those terms, it's enjoyable enough, successfully playing on some of our worst fears (wrongful arrest, the system out to get us), and doing so in a generally effective way. 3/5 Stars
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  • Sep 24, 2012
    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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 05, 2007
    It has all the elements of a perfect thriller.A good storyline,tension,thrills and suspense
    John M Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2007
    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..."
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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