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Parents' Guide to

Invitation to a Murder

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Mild murder mystery has some violence, cigarette smoking.

Movie PG-13 2023 92 minutes
Invitation to a Murder Movie Poster: Miranda and the other guests.

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

It’s ok. Not very sophisticated story telling.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a standard whodunit murder mystery, somewhat derivative but still reasonably entertaining. Invitation to a Murder definitely pushes the limits of suspension of disbelief, and some of the characters -- mystery archetypes all -- skirt dangerously close to clichés and stereotyping, though it doesn't quite cross over. Overall, the movie tries to place itself in the tradition of classic murder mysteries and novels, even if it doesn't distinguish itself from the classics that clearly inspired it.

It's fine, but there's not enough suspense, not enough wit. Most of the characters are forgettable, except for the bookish florist lead character and the cynical American journalist. Still, teens just getting into the mystery genre are likely to enjoy it.

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