Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

All-star virus thriller is intense, uncompromising.

PG-13 2011 105 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 56 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 13+

I'm okay

I believe people should at least be 13+ to watch this movie, but my younger brother is 10 years old and he LOVES it. It is pretty disturbing. (taking out the brain, etc.) I didn't really enjoy this movie, but everything else that has nothing to do with doctors is alright. FYI, make sure you wash your hands.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 10+


I was told to watch this about 2-4 weeks into COVID19 arriving stateside. My initial reaction was, "No way! Too scary for me." But 6 weeks into it, trying to quaranTEEN a 15 y.o. at home - unsuccessfully I might add - it became mandatory viewing for all of us. It's a good story and well acted. There's a lot of detail to pack into 2 hours, but they do a decent job. The "scariest" part of the movie was how incredibly accurate it is! It came out in 2011, but here we are in 2020 experiencing a pandemic nearly exactly how it played out in the movie. My ~11 y.o. wanted to watch with us. I covered his eyes initially for the autopsy scene. But due to some questions during the movie, we had to re-wind. He insisted he wanted to see it, so I let him. It wasn't really that bad (coming from a doctor...someone who's always been curious about biology and bodily functions, etc.). There's a lot of good teaching points. My kids (15 and ~11) asked a lot of good questions. You have to know what your kids can handle.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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