Unlawful Entry
Unlawful Entry (1992)

After their Los Angeles suburban house is burglarized, Karen and Michael Carr (Madeleine Stowe and Kurt Russell), are assisted by policeman Pete Davis (Ray Liotta). At first, Davis seems helpful and polite, even helping the Carrs when he is… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 26, 1992
DVD Release Date: May 22, 2001
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Todd McCarthy

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.

Janet Maslin
New York Times

More gripping than it is convincing.

Brian Orndorf

Unlawful Entry does a tremendous job provoking the viewer with crude elements of bullying.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The movie is a thriller, with all the usual trappings of a thriller, but the director, Jonathan Kaplan, is able to place the story in a plausible world.

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Jo Berry
Empire Magazine

A wonderfully nasty turn from Liotta, along with a novel treatment of familiar plotlines, elevates Kaplan's effort into the 'must see' category.

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Time Out

Solid performances lend weight to the flakier elements, with Liotta turning crazed excess into something wild.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

The plot is as tediously redundant as director Jonathan Kaplan's approach is carefully workmanlike.

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Gordon lacks Scorsese's talent for unsettling his audience, but he can turn up the tension until you squirm in your seat or want to shout at the screen.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
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… More
Dann Michalski
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… More
Lady D'arbanville
Ray Liotta played a pretty creepy guy in this, enjoyed it, was really good
Jeffrey Meyers
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… More
Dean McKenna
Pretty tense and exciting thriller of a 'friendly' cop becomes hell.
John Me
It has all the elements of a perfect thriller.A good storyline,tension,thrills and suspense