Parents' Guide to

Boogeyman

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

A bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness.

Movie PG-13 2005 86 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Here comes the Boogeyman.

An interesting story about a monster in a closet. I guess those who experienced this fear when they were younger will finally have a change to overpass it. I think it’ll be okay with young teens, there are a few jump scares but nothing to spooky, I think it is a good scary movie for young ones.
age 14+

Suspensefully Creepy

This movie will definitely be giving kids nightmares!! This movie has a lot of violence and gore, lesbian kissing, and mild language.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (11 ):

The storyline is thinner than the protagonist's stereotyped rich girlfriend, and there's enough lead-heavy dialogue to sink a movie of twice the caliber. BOOGEYMAN is a bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness, to be admired primarily by aspiring sound-effects specialists. The movie cuts to the chase quickly but then wallows in atmospherics. Lengthy scenes reveal nothing more than predictable, two-dimensional characters. Ominous portent is constant. The creaking house, unnerving close-ups, quick cuts, and flickering lights might make some viewers seasick and others wish they could TiVo to the final confrontation.

Touches of humor, some genuinely spooky moments, and the occasional flash of decent acting keep this movie a notch above straight-to-video caliber. Watching Tim at the child counseling center offers a hint that this movie could be richer, more interesting fare, but then the next scene -- a possible boogeyman lurking behind a ceiling tile -- tugs us back to the over-the-top forcedness of it all.

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