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Parents' Guide to

Arlington Road

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Scary movie about terrorism. Not for kids.

Movie R 1999 119 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 3+

Good movie should watch

age 17+

Haunting and very realistic movie about terrorism

I think Commonsensemedia have been harsh here - it’s definitely worth more than 3stars. It is an incredible movie with amazing acting and will keep u on the edge of your seat throughout. HOWEVER, it is very haunting, disturbing and realistic - it does open your eyes. If you have a kid who is 16/17 and they’re mature, then by all means watch it with them. It is a masterpiece. However, be wary that it is haunting and the ending is a shock.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Arlington Road is a very scary movie about a very scary subject -- terrorism. Indeed, its release was delayed due to concerns about the sensitivity of the material. This movie will give thoughtful teens some things to think about -- balancing the need for security against individual rights, the difficulty of deciding whom to trust, and the factors that lead to hate crimes.

The references to acts of terrorism in the US are so close to reality that they make this thriller more thoughtful than standard films in the genre. The very first image, of a boy walking in an immaculate suburb, bleeding from an accident, sets the stage for the unsettling story, and the ending is not only scary, but hauntingly so.

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