Raising Cain
Raising Cain (1992)

A complicated thriller, directed with great visual style by Brian De Palma, Raising Cain is the story of twin brothers, Carter and Josh (John Lithgow), one good and one evil, who will stop at nothing to find children to further their… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1992
DVD Release Date: September 8, 1998
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Critic Score: 52% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Orndorf

In a world where Redacted exists, Raising Cain isn't De Palma's least effective picture, but it's damn near close, purposely unreasonable and shockingly leaden all the way.

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Clint Morris

Creepy and effective

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Laughably awful

Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Rather than clarifying, De Palma's technique with Raising Cain effectively obliterates the audience's bearings.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Weak thriller. Lost potential. Lithgow is good.

Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Brian De Palma's cruel joke on his fans.

Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A respectable if overly campy De Palma thriller. Like the director's Body Double, this plays better the second time you watch it.

Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World

De Palma's worst film

Shane Burridge

De Palma is a director who has managed to annoy as many people as he's won over, so why should this movie be any different?

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
While not quite as crazy it's main character(s), Raising Cain has some pretty nuts twists and turns. Not DePalma's best, but far from his worst too.
Candy Rose
This thrillers' content is very disturbing, so not for the faint-hearted. An evil Dr performs strange experiments on children.
Conner Rainwater
A misunderstood movie that is almost as bizarre and comical in nature as Body Double. Brian De Palma‚??s style really shines here, due to the fact that he plays… More
Pierluigi Puccini
John Lithgow's disturbing and wicked multiple roles are the only appealing element of a tiresome thriller with dozens of themes previously displayed in… More
Nicki Marie
Very good, once I could figure out what was going on!
Lady D'arbanville
I'm not sure how this film got into my film collection, it's as corny as hell, but for that reason, I found it quite amusing.