Eye for an Eye (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

Eye for an Eye1996

Eye for an Eye (1996)



Critic Consensus: Overwrought, thinly written, and all-around unpleasant, Eye for an Eye crudely exploits every parent's nightmare with deeply offensive results.

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In this taut crime melodrama, bereaved mother Karen McCann becomes obsessed with getting revenge upon the acquitted psychopath who raped and murdered her teenage daughter. When the man kills again, Karen joins a support group and realizes that some of the other parents have taken justice into their own hands.

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Sally Field
as Karen McCann
Kiefer Sutherland
as Robert Doob
Ed Harris
as Mack McCann
Beverly D'Angelo
as Dolly Green
Joe Mantegna
as Det. Sgt. Denillo
Charlayne Woodard
as Angel Kosinsky
Olivia Burnette
as Julie McCann
Alexandra Kyle
as Megan McCann
Darrell Larson
as Peter Green
Philip Baker Hall
as Sidney Hughes
Wanda Acuna
as Hispanic Housewife
Geoffrey Rivas
as Hispanic Housewife's Husband
Armin Shimerman
as Judge Younger
Nicholas Cascone
as Howard Bolinger
Justine Johnston
as Aunt McCann
Wayne Pére
as French Teacher
Joan Crowe
as Michelle
Jane Morris
as County Clerk
Bobby J. Foxworth
as Man Following Karen
Manny Rodriguez
as Gun Instructor
Michael Podwal
as Pilates Instructor
Zack Eginton
as Obnoxious Boy
Kim Kim
as Shopkeeper
A.C. Weary
as Newscaster
Brenda Smith
as Waitress
Ron Dean
as Detective at McCann House
David Courier
as Crime Scene Policeman
Ellis Williams
as Crime Scene Policeman
David Barrera
as Precinct Officer
Scott Waara
as Detective
Tom Lillard
as Bailiff
Angela Paton
as Moderator
William Mesnick
as Albert Gratz
Rondi Reed
as Regina Gratz
Eric Morris
as Columnist
Iris Field
as Office Staffer
Jeremy Eynon
as Office Staffer
Fort Atkinson
as Angry Man
Evelyn Parke
as 911 Caller
Dolores Velazquez
as Hispanic Woman
Pablo Velazquez
as Hispanic Man
Patricia Belcher
as Quarreling Woman
Alesia Jones
as Quarreling Woman
Maurice Sherbanee
as TV Salesman
Bob Clendenin
as Hotel Clerk
Larry Polson
as Yelling Man
Janet Dey
as Mourner
Buzz Barbee
as Mourner
Nino Polito
as Mourner
Cherie Franklin
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #1
Francesca P. Roberts
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #2
Marie Chambers
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #3
Rolando Molina
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #4
Ernie Vincent
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #5
Teddy Vincent
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #6
Minnie Summers Lindsey
as Parent of Murdered Children Group #7
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Critic Reviews for Eye for an Eye

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (15)

Any pretence of thoughtful debate has long since been abandoned.

August 4, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[A] really awful, hysterical thriller.

August 4, 2009 | Full Review…

This blatant button-pusher plays upon our most primal emotions as well as the increasing disdain for the criminal justice system.

August 4, 2009

A B movie that somehow won the lottery and got an A-movie cast and director.

March 26, 2009
Top Critic

The characterisation is so thin, and the plotting so crude, it's only the violence which sets this apart from the banalities of TV fare.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Never in his varied career has Mr. Schlesinger made a film as mean-spirited and empty as this.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for Eye for an Eye

Outdated & by all means an avoidable flick.

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familiar stranger

Super Reviewer


Decent, but flawed thriller, Eye for an Eye could have been much better than what it turned out to be. The script has a good idea for a plot, but it definitely could have used a few rewrites because the finished the film seems to struggle in delivering great thrills. There things that I liked about the film, but overall I felt that the film had too much wasted potential on-screen. Kiefer Sutherland is a great villain in the film, and his performance makes the film worth watching despite its flaws. Director John Schlesinger could have done a bit better and considering that this is a revenge thriller, the way the film could have ended up could have turned out so much better if the script was better written, and some parts would have been rewritten. Eye for an Eye is a prime example of a decent flick that could have been much better, but ended up of falling flat of its mark. This is not a bad film, but it could have been so much better. The strength of the film lies in Sutherland's performance. As a whole this is an entertaining flick that I liked somewhat, but I did feel that it could have been much better than what it turned out to be. If you want a mindless, somewhat predictable thriller, then give this film a shot. However keep your expectations low on this one as it doesn't try to do anything creative to elevate the boundaries of the genre. Enjoyable, but flawed, Eye for an Eye is the type of film that you watch on a rainy night when there's nothing else better to do.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I expected more from the director of Midnight Cowboy, Makes a few fair points but overall disappointing

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

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