The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score: 63% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Upchurch
Seattle Times

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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Michael Sragow
New Yorker

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

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Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

The film is unusually gripping.

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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times

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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Sue Heal
Radio Times

This is pure unbridled hokum, of course, but extremely effective until the last 30 minutes, when the plot rapidly self-destructs.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Unpretentious and efficient.

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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Cassie Hill
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… More
Anthony Lawrie
Not a great thriller. It was really overhyped at the time!
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Fucking stupid movie that my local tv channel used to run almost daily.
Drew Smith
hahahahahahaha
Tim Salmons
Disturbing.
Candy Rose
Excellent thriller about a nanny who is out to get revenge on a family who ruined her family. Rebecca is very scarey,