Domestic Disturbance


Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 27
  2. Negative: 18 out of 27

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Critic Reviews

  1. Every signifier in this quintessentially American domestic thriller is in satisfying running order.
  2. A thriller that presses all the buttons: parental love, childhood terror, fear of Vince Vaughn.
  3. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Doesn't make nearly the ripple it could have made.
  4. 63
    A refreshingly unpretentious little thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Although decked out with a legitimate star and handsome production carpentry, pic takes no greater interest in creating three-dimensional characters or fleshing out a credible storyline than does the run-of-the-mill straight-to-video thriller.
  6. The movie has a suspenseful moment or two, and it's never hard to watch, but it's ultimately one more totally forgettable Hollywood thriller.
  7. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Travolta, a bit portly (or is it starboardly?), phones in his performance from his place in Maine; Vaughn is ice-cool but not especially convincing; the kid is OK, and Polo is a blank.
  8. Does a masterful job of building menace until about halfway through.
  9. It's predictable stuff, though with a nice old-fashioned edge.
  10. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Sttrictly movie-of-the-week stuff. And not very good stuff, at that.
  11. There's almost no reason to see the movie, unless you have no qualms about wasting your time.
  12. Why Travolta is slumming in B movies is anybody's guess. (I'll take a wild flier: "Battlefield Earth"?)
  13. Reviewed by: 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.
  14. 38
    The movie is a paid holiday for its director, Harold Becker. I say this because I know what Becker is capable of.
  15. The film's subtexts are profoundly reactionary. Women are foolish and untrustworthy.
  16. 25
    Few movies feel quite so perfunctory or needless or pointless as this one.
  17. 25
    The movie is pure product, and proud of it: There isn't a single surprising moment in all of its 88 minutes, because Domestic Disturbance is designed to stick to tried-and-true formulas, instead of shaking them up a little.
  18. So TV-movie-of-the-week that you wonder throughout why you can't use a remote to find a decent ballgame.
  19. Jettisoning any ambition toward thrillerhood, Domestic Disturbance becomes a plodding, obvious angry-dad melodrama, ambling toward the final, fatal showdown between parent and usurper.
  20. Travolta is stuck giving a remarkable performance in a film so trivial and offensive its mere existence is as loathsome as it is laughable.
  21. It's likely there's going to be some “viewer disturbance” going on after audiences catch a whiff of this routine and thrill-less suspenser.
  22. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    The script is woefully inept, with plot twists that wouldn't pass muster in a high-school drama class.
  23. 20
    It's clear from the outset that a thriller is going to be big and dumb -- as opposed to tight and smart.
  24. 10
    The most surprising thing about the movie is that somebody bothered to make it in the first place.
  25. 10
    Absurd beyond belief or reason.
  26. As the basest form of genre hootenanny, it wimps out: There's no twist, no showboat acting, not even an outrageous crisis of paternal violence.
  27. 10
    The real "disturbance" in Domestic Disturbance is not in the home, but in the careers of all involved.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 37 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Feb 23, 2013
    Ask yourself this, what if you witnessed a crime and no one believed you? Better yet, what if you were a kid when this happened? That is theAsk yourself this, what if you witnessed a crime and no one believed you? Better yet, what if you were a kid when this happened? That is the premise of this modern day thriller, Domestic Disturbance. It isn't the perfect movie, but the story, while predictable, was still so much fun to watch. As for the cast, John Travolta and Vince Vaughn alone should tell you that you're in for something special. I know a lot of people love Vaughn, I don't, but he was great in this film. Matthew O'Leary, a newcomer back then, seemed as thou he's been doing this for years, acting as the perfect go between and playing his role flawlessly. Domestic Disturbance is fun, exciting, and has an unbelievable cast. Besides the predictability, the only other thing I can say negatively about this film was that it wasn't long enough! I really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end. Full Review »
  2. Isi
    Jun 28, 2008
    Great movie! Matthew O'leary is such a great actor and he is SOO HOT!