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Domestic Disturbance Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The script is woefully inept, with plot twists that wouldn't pass muster in a high-school drama class.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Anyone who sees this movie is going to be 20 minutes ahead of it, though there won't be that many after Weekend 1. With domestic disturbances, someone calls the cops. With this DOA, someone had better call the coroner.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie is a paid holiday for its director, Harold Becker. I say this because I know what Becker is capable of.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    There's almost no reason to see the movie, unless you have no qualms about wasting your time.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Every signifier in this quintessentially American domestic thriller is in satisfying running order.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Dark, suspenseful thriller has mature themes, profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Domestic Disturbance is a 2001 thriller about a stepfather who is not the good citizen he appears to be. This stepfather is both physically and verbally abusive to his new stepson. This movie also addresses issues of alcoholism and divorce; the 12-year-old stepson is accused by everyone in the town of being a compulsive liar who wants attention in the aftermath of his parents' divorce. Characters are stabbed to death, electrocuted, and attacked with baseball bats. There is frequent profanity, including "f--k." One of the characters sleeps with a prostitute.

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The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: No positive messages in this dark mystery thriller.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Frank Morrison is a father willing to do whatever it takes to protect his son from danger.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A stepfather physically and verbally abuses his stepson. A man is stabbed to death in a vehicle. Another man is electrocuted.

  • sex false2

    Sex: A man is in bed with a prostitute. This same man remarks on how he "doesn't see any adult bookstores" in a town he is visiting for the first time.

  • language false3

    Language: Frequent profanity. "F--k." "Bulls--t." "S--t." "Bitch." "Goddamn."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink champagne at a formal gathering. A man smokes cigarettes. One of the lead characters is a recovering alcoholic.