When the Bough Breaks
When the Bough Breaks (2016)

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate - but… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: September 9, 2016
DVD Release Date: December 27, 2016
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Shallow, clichéd, and silly instead of suspenseful, When the Bough Breaks offers nothing domestic thriller fans haven't already seen before -- and done far better.

Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

A lazily written and generically directed Fatal Attraction knockoff.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Perhaps you were wondering if it were still possible to wring any suspense out of an unbalanced-third-wheel plot. "When the Bough Breaks," about a surrogate pregnancy gone horribly wrong, has a definitive answer: No, it isn't.

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Margot Harrison
Seven Days

An enjoyable camp fest.

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Katie Rife
AV Club

The plot doesn't differ much from last year's parody of these types of movies, A Deadly Adoption ...

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Nick Allen
RogerEbert.com

While empathy is first to go in the tasteless When the Bough Breaks, there is nothing good in its place.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

Thrillers in which seemingly harmless outsiders worm their way into safe, secure, middle-class homes and then threaten them were popular in the '90s; this one feels like a pale copy.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Writer Jack Olsen's glossy script goes light on logic, credibility and mining some of the story's deeper ramifications, as it works its way toward the inevitable, largely predictable final showdown.

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Joe Leydon
Variety

"When the Bough Breaks" comes across as a Lifetime cable movie that got lucky and won a lottery offering theatrical release as first prize.

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Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

The movie boasts strong performances by Chestnut and Hall (both of whom are always welcome)... Ultimately, though, all are undone by the tiresome familiarity of Jack Olsen's predictable script and Jon Cassar's limp direction.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Jacob Smith
The best thing that I can say about this film is that it's so bad, it's good as long as you treat this film as a comedy and not a thriller. So many… More
EpicLadySponge the Adventurer
Garbage in a nutshell. They take two classical clichés and mix them into total trash that doesn't belong in any theater that is playing this movie. When… More
Jeff Boam
Detrimentally Obsessed with The Perfect Guy from Lakeview Terrace such that it amounts to a No Good Deed, this umpteenth urban take on Fatal Attraction plays… More
Philip Price
It is evident from the word go that When the Bough Breaks is campy trash, but the most critical question campy trash always has to answer is whether or not… More