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448 Ratings

Raising Cain

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1992


When Jenny’s husband, a respected psychologist, takes a year off to help raise their daughter, she is totally unprepared for the emergence of his multiple personalities and the fiendish plot to recreate the infamous experiments of his deranged father.

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Raising Cain Directed by Brian De Palma

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  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Raising Cain

    "I'm that fucked-up experiment of yours that just won't go away." Between the ludicrous plot and zany acting (De Palma and Lithgow ply on as much absurdism as possible) is the subversive/schlocky idea that love, death and childhood innocence are prime targets for laughs. Burum's cinematography and De Palma's montage in the final scene are brilliant. Plus, fun dialog! "Hickory, dickory, doc. Cain has picked his lock."

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Raising Cain

    A derisive combo of dreamy art-house thriller, psycho-killer schlock & post-modern genre deconstruction that frequently walks a line between intentional & unintentional humor while engaging in a veritable cornucopia of De Palma's favourite themes. The result plays like a warped Hitchcockian soap-opera, where audience manipulation becomes an elaborate game. Each subsequent viewing reveals a wealth of hidden pleasures.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Raising Cain

    It's a film removed from the world of logical time progression and reality, it exists more in a dreamscape, using Cain's multiple personalities and perspectives as a means to induce the viewer into this state. The montage in the climax scene is one of the most beautifully shot and edited scenes of De Palma's oeuvre.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Raising Cain

    By this point, De Palma wasn't homaging Hitchcock so much as cannibalizing himself. But what he brings to even the flimsiest material is a string of vivid setpieces and a magnificent way of toying with perception, leaving you wondering if what you're watching is "real". A satire of parenthood for baby boomers, too—the end, where two mothers recount the ludicrous plot during a playground conversation, is a nice touch.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Raising Cain

    The theatrical cut is a zany trip into the confused headspace of our villain; while the fan recut in 2016 on the Shout Factory disc is the preferred cut by DePalma, and is much closer to a traditional narrative thriller, by creating a logical progression of the scenes, and feels more serious by starting with the drama first. 1992 is experimental, 2016 is Hitchcockian. Both good in different ways. Recut in comments.

  • João Eça's rating of the film Raising Cain

    De Palma just gave a whole new meaning to the word bad. It's incredible how his movies make me laugh much more than if I was watching any so-called comedy. No expression can describe "Raising Cain" better than: LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Raising Cain

    My first impression is that Raising Cain stays only within pastiche territory, rarely becoming anything more than an amped-up Hitchcock tribute. But then, it might work its way into my mind like some of De Palma's other work has.

  • Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film Raising Cain

    John Lithgow's disturbing and wicked multiple roles are the only appealing element of a tiresome thriller with dozens of themes previously displayed in Hitchcock films (freudianism, voyeurism, split personality, etc) Brian DePalma revered the master of suspense with good results (sisters, obsession, dressed to kill, body double) but here he just missed the point.

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