Exclusive Interviews
Teresa Palmer

Five Feet Apart
Captain Marvel
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Frozen II
Pet Sematary
Unicorn Store
The Little Mermaid
Birds of Prey
Summer '03
The Nutcracker and the...
A Dog's Way Home
Alita: Battle Angel
The Nun
Lady Business
Bohemian Rhapsody
Mary, Queen of Scots
Wonder Woman
The Keeping Room
Toy Story 4
Hush, Hush
Nobel's Last Will


Entertainment News
Weekly Top 20 Movies
2010 NBA All-Star Promo
Weekly Top 20 Albums
Contact Us

Anna Kendrick
Alexandra Daddario
Antje Traue
Lindsay Sloane
Angela Sarafyan
Saoirse Ronan
Teresa Palmer
Hailee Steinfeld
Odette Yustman
Grace Park
Ashley Bell
Kristen Stewart
Bridgit Mendler
Danielle Panabaker
Helena Mattsson
Carla Gugino
Jessica Biel
AnnaSophia Robb
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Emmy Rossum
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Angelina Jolie
Keira Knightley
Alison Lohman
Hilary Swank
Evan Rachel Wood
Nicole Kidman
Piper Perabo
Heather Graham
Shawnee Smith
Kristen Bell
Blake Lively
Elizabeth Banks
Camilla Belle
Rachel McAdams
Jewel Staite
Katie Stuart
Michelle Trachtenberg
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Jessica Alba
Famke Janssen
Elisabeth Shue
Cameron Diaz
Shannon Elizabeth
Salma Hayek
Emily Perkins

Review by Matthew Leary (7/98)

Release: 1998, MGM/United Artists
Starring: Katie Holmes, Jimmy Marsden, Nick Stahl, Ethan Embry, Bruce Greenwood, William Sadler
Director: David Nutter
MPAA Rating: [R] violence, language, sexuality
Genre: Thriller/Horror


A small town has a sinister method of conditioning its unruly youth into an eerily complacent band of upstanding citizens. But there are horrific side effects behind this dark secret...


In a Children of the Corn meets 1984 sort of way, Disturbing Behavior creates the oppression of a forced utopia with a spin of violent horror for added flair. Images of teenagers engaging in mechanically self-destructive behavior and fits of rage unleashed by the most minor triggers makes this film live up to its name. The scientists responsible for the conditioning of the town's children are a relentless lot who will stop at nothing to forge their idea of perfection.

Disturbing Behavior offers a lot of mood and dark atmosphere. The best moments come in the form of tightly wound tension: you don't know what will make one of these kids snap next.


The absolutely bland and drone-like nature of the town's adults (particularly the parents) leaves a lot to be desired. It would be one thing if they showed some signs of comfortable enthusiasm for "the program." As it stands, though, they come across as mindless lemmings who couldn't, for their lives, come up with an original thought or belief of their own. Their one dimensional personalities and blind subscription to their children's conditioning makes them neither threatening nor interesting.

The film also loses a lot of ground when it abandons its dark, horrific thriller set-up and turns into a typical action, full of chase scenes and misguided adventure.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10 (0=Abysmal, 5=Average, 10=Excellent)

© 1997-2001 Radio Free Entertainment