• Andrew R.

    Added by Andrew R.

    Deliciously campy and trashy, with De Mornay giving this material more than it deserved. Straightforward in its twists but so fun for it.

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  • Kate ✌️

    ★★★ Added by Kate ✌️

    i'm pretty sure this was my first R rated movie
    this is some crazy shit tho ngl

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  • Armando Dela Cruz

    ★★★ Watched by Armando Dela Cruz 30 Jan, 2016

    The story of Monica De Mornay's demented nanny unfolds in a straightforward and no-nonsense fashion. The whole of the film traces her diabolical plot to destroy an unsuspecting suburban family in a manner that only a troubled white widow knows how: walks-in-the-park and chocolate soufflé. Of course, that's not the reason why she's in for the gig. She's a matriarch, she wants a family. "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world", after all.

    Taking…

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  • KMOKLER

    ★★★★ Added by KMOKLER

    Good acting, great tension, that's all you need to be a great movie.

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  • badfeeble

    ★★½ Rewatched by badfeeble 26 Dec, 2015

    D'être tombé sur le Blu-ray m'a donné envie de revoir ce petit thriller des années 90, simplement par nostalgie. Bah, c'est quand même pas si mal et ça se laisse regarder sans trop grincer des dents, mais la recette y est déjà et c'est peu inventif dans la livraison. La réalisation sobre de Curtis Hanson est dénuée de personnalité alors on se rabat sur un cast charismatique (Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Ernie Hudson, Julianne Moore).

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  • filmga

    ★★ Watched by filmga 27 Dec, 2015

    Meh. Too many things didn't work for me. None of the characters were that interesting. (Note that this type of psychological thriller is normally one of my favorite genres).

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  • Nikon Rod

    ★★★½ Watched by Nikon Rod 04 Dec, 2015

    Curtis Hanson's bitches-be-crazy thriller. Thanks to his direction and good performances it stays watchable till the end. I wish stuff like that last 2 minutes hadn't make it to the final film though.

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  • Jack Gattanella

    ★★★½ Watched by Jack Gattanella 17 May, 2010

    Somehow when Curtis Hanson gets a hold of something as a director he's able to make it work far better than it should (if not all the time then with a good average for him to keep getting work). Case in point, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. He takes material that could, in lesser or just more hack-like hands, be a simple TV movie about a woman scorned badly getting her payback against the family that not-sorta-really did this…

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  • Calum Iain MacIver

    ★★★★ Watched by Calum Iain MacIver 23 Jul, 2013

    By the early '90's the economic gains achieved by the middle class as a result of the divisive laissez-faire economics of the '80's was bringing its own angst. Not everyone was benefiting from the Thatcherite brand of "greed is good economics" and those who had done well found themselves increasingly paranoid that those who hadn't were going to come and take away their newly achieved wealth. This economic angst manifested itself in a slew of "home invasion" movies during that…

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  • Dead Moon Night

    ★★½ Rewatched by Dead Moon Night 03 Oct, 2015

    A woman is sexually molested by a doctor. He commits suicide and his wife has a miscarriage. The grieving widow takes the job as a nanny to the couple who destroyed her life...

    The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is a classic 90's psycho thriller but it doesn't hold up very well today. Rebecca De Mornay was the hottest woman I knew when I was in my early teens. She's really good as the manipulating psycho bitch Peyton but the…

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  • RJSit10

    ★★★★ Added by RJSit10

    Remember how Annabella Sciorra used to be in everything? We were always so deeply on her side. But she had terrible taste in friends. REVEL in a time when working moms and "at home" moms judged each other harshly, and moms who worked AT HOME...? aaww..shit. Annabella is so busy building a greenhouse that she just can't be distracted by her daughter, who despite all appearances is not Matilda. Her husband, Lloyd Braun, is a feckless new-age Gilbert & Sullivan fan.…

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  • neglify19

    ★★★★ Watched by neglify19 10 Sep, 2015 1

    Film #11 of the "Scavenger Hunt #6 Challenge"
    Item #5: A film featuring an intrusion
    letterboxd.com/neglify19/list/scavenger-hunt-6/

    What a wonderful thriller! The script, acting, directing, etc. are top notch. Of course, Rebecca De Mornay steals the show as the cunning villain. I also absolutely loved Ernie Hudson as the "special needs" handyman. I was impressed with the realism in his character and the restraint to not go overboard. The only big drawback in my view is that Peyton is so obviously evil to the audience that I was practically yelling at my screen for them to open their eyes.

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