Parents' Guide to

Mirrors

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal horror movie offers little to reflect on.

Movie R 2008 110 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 18+

Innapropriate

I hope no children under 18 has watched it I'd disturbing rude and Brutel with much more so don't watch it or your children watch it
age 16+

Shockingly terrible.

Awful movie. There is no plot, and the last 20 minutes or so, which are meant to be the most intense, are the least scary 20 minutes in any film that I have ever seen. It's such a painful, awful movie that you probably won't make it to the last 20 minutes. As for the violence, it isn't really violence. The demon takes the image of the person looking into the mirror and "commits suicide." Still, quite brutal.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (18 ):

Helmed by French horror director Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, High Tension), MIRRORS is long on gore and short on plot. Ben flails, freaks out, and fumbles around trying to decipher the visions and messages he's receiving from the mystical dimension behind the mirrors. (The department store, it seems, used to be a hospital, and the past treatment of a schizophrenic girl lies at the heart of the mystery.)

Even as Ben frantically tries to keep his estranged wife (Paula Patton) and children safe, Mirrors doesn't do much to make viewers care; the mirror visions are so powerful that they can't be ignored or denied, which means that the film simply limps from one bloody sequence to another. Aja's other horror films, while also grisly, had a certain style to them; in Mirrors, the slack plot is just an excuse for a series of gory, violent moments that the film lingers on lovingly. Mirrors has plenty of spooks and scares and special effects; what it doesn't have is much of a plot -- or characters worth caring about.

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