Parent reviews for Seven

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Common Sense says

age 18+

Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 21 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 55 reviews

age 15+

"What's in the box?!"

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age 18+

Rated 18 (disturbing crime scene detail).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - Most of the narrative centers on very grisly and horrific murders which correlate to the seven deadly sins. Although the actual murders or moments leading up to the murders aren't shown, there is graphic depiction of their aftermath, both visual and in verbal references. These include prolonged sequences of detectives investigating the crime scenes and the bodies of the victims, and there is significant focus placed on how the victims died, including how many of them were likely tortured for a sustained period of time and suffered in pain and agony. One of the most distressing and extreme murders involves the implied rape and genital mutilation of a prostitute after a man was forced to have sex with her while wearing a bladed strap-on. The body of the victim is never shown but a photograph of the strap-on used to rape the victim is shown, and the man who raped her appears in extreme emotional trauma as he describes how he was forced at gunpoint to sexually assault her. As the bodies are discovered, there is also sight of injury detail, and gruesome horror images. | OTHER ISSUES - There are occasional scenes of strong violence. There is strong threat throughout. Frequent strong language ("f*ck"), as well as use of milder terms. There are infrequent strong sexual references, mainly visual, when two characters enter a shop selling BDSM costumes, toys and materials. Brief nudity is shown when a naked man is seen on an autopsy table. Mature themes and a very dark tone throughout. | RATED "18" - Suitable only for persons aged 18 years and over. Contains content recommended for viewing by adults only.
age 12+

Other Reviews Are Exaggerating

I have read other reviews before watching this film myself, and thought I would be expecting something like “The Terrifier” or “The Belko Experiment”, but almost all of the violence was mainly spoken of. You do see rotting corpses in this movie, and this movie does deserve an R rating (mainly because of language) but I thought I watched an edited version on HBO Max when I first saw this. The most violent sequence is probably a bit past halfway in the movie where a man is held at gunpoint to rape a prostitute with a strap on, but instead of something rubber or plastic, it’s a pretty big blade. You don’t see the after-effects or the during process, but you do see a picture of the strap on before hand, and the man is scarred while he talks about the experience. Overall, most of the violence is mainly spoken about, and not directly seen. A very good movie, and if kids have already seen present day horror movies, this will be nothing new at all to them. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves suspense and thrillers!

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 18+

Unnerving and keeps you on your toes!

I really liked the way that this movie was made! I really liked how all of the most horrific content was off-screen and left to the viewer’s imagination. After seeing the film, I figured that the violence is so explicit and so upsetting that if it was shown, the film would be rated NC-17. My favorite mystery thrillers are ones where every clue is at a different location, and I like how all that was shown was the remains of each crime scene. This is one of my favorite movies, but at the same time, it really haunted me the first time I saw and I had to let it sink in before liking it. I wish there were more movies out there like this one that leave violence to the imagination and not go the route most movies take of showing the blood and gore, which is what makes this movie so unique and well-made. Another plus is that Morgan Freeman’s character is also a good and wise role model.

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Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

No one should watch this film

I can't believe that children have been allowed to see this movie. I watched it in my early 20s when it came out and the aftermath of the rape/murder scene and the box scene have scarred me for life. I love movies like Predator and Aliens and they are way more gory than the violence you actually see here. But the aftermath of the killings and the implied actions far outweigh any violence I have ever seen. No one should have those images or scenarios in their mind. The minds of the writer, director, and prop makers must be so evil and twisted to come up with the torture porn that this evil movie is. Please don't watch or suggest this movie. It makes Silence of the Lambs look like a Barney episode.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
age 15+

Extremely disturbing

Not much is onscreen but still. Violence 8/10. Nothing onscreen but gory aftermaths of murders shown. Every murder is grisly and some are results of torture. A man recounts being forced to rape a woman while wearing a suit with a knife on the private area. The ending is shocking and evil. Sex 3/10. The afore mentioned rape and references to prostitutes. Language 10/10. Constant strong language.

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Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 17+

amazing, but horrifying

Had scenes that scarred me, I watched this film when I was 14 and couldn't get the scenes out of my head. Movie has extremely disturbing scenes that I belive nobody under 17 should see. if you are an adult however, I cannot reccomend more, Se7en is a true masterpiece.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

A dark and deeply disturbing classic

After reading many of the reviews on here I was dumfounded how any one could rate this film as anything other than 5 stars. There is confusion between saying what the film depicts and what you say it promotes.. gore, depravity, violence and a general evil are all present but in no way sure the film suggest this is OK, in fact, quite the opposite. Most of the nasty stuff takes place off screen but you do get to see graphic details of the aftermath, so it's not a film to watch if you are averse to gore. The script, acting and general production values are top notch, as is the direction from David Fincher - to say otherwise just because this film is not to your taste is utter nonsense. It's critical success spawned many dark, grizzly films that copied it's style with varying success (8mm and The Bone Collector to name a couple). Would I let my children watch it? No way! If it today came out I feel it would get a 15 certificate rather than the 18 it got on release, but as it is deliberately devoid of any positive messages to balance out the morbid tone it is definitely not suitable for any younger. I fear they would either see it just as a horror film and more the point, or of they did grasp the film on a deeper level they would find it quite disturbing. This is an excellent film and one that I would recommend to anyone Marie enough to understand it.
age 18+

Abysmally dark, depressing, gross, and cheaply made to boot; more later on that.

Caught this depressing gross-out fest recently on the SyFy channel (which means basically ANY child in your family can see it if A. You have cable, and B. Your child can work a remote) BTW: It’s not for ANY one of ANY age. Unfortunately I was forced to pick a young age by this site’s algorithm, therefore picked the oldest possible. There is not one single redeeming value or take-away from this alleged psychological thriller. While it has blockbuster actors, that doesn’t make up for the stinker of a script; Or the harsh reality that a script writer, producer, and director got together and said “Let’s indulge our darkest, nastiest fantasies and fears, while spending most of the budget on grotesque special effects, such as bloated and maggot covered corpses rather than story continuity, good editing, or finding good locations!” (More about the location thing later) This film, Se7en, is a symptom of the poor ethics, general negativity, and valueless pea-brains being cranked out of film-schools world wide. But beyond that, these film makers and films like this that they proudly put their signature to are also the infection that is sickening our world; especially the young and vulnerable in our world ; Steadily decaying our view of ourselves as humans and how we see other humans. Se7en promotes apathetic nihilism, only punctuated by the most extreme hateful, violent behavior. It’s beyond sad to me that a group of filmmakers got together in a large team effort- only to produce depressing, vile, non-enlightening, grotesque, cheaply voyeuristic tripe such as Se7en. Furthermore the movie is so poorly made that after filming a New York movie in a dark, rainy New York City, these film ‘professionals’ decided to have their New York Detective characters suddenly complete the shocking climax of this Gloomy New York movie in sunny, dusty, dry, treeless, Southern California! (Fact: much of CA is desert) The countryside scene is quite obviously NOT in the Eastern US, and it’s laughable - and inexcusably cheap. Did they think viewers wouldn’t notice their location blunder?! Shows what they think of our intelligence. But like I said earlier - that is what’s being gurgitated from modern filmmakers. It’s up to you to decide who to support.

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Too much violence
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age 18+

The most disturbing movie I have ever seen

Please please PLEASE do not let children of any age watch this movie, and honestly think twice about watching it yourself. The depiction of evil that human beings can inflict on other human beings is so unspeakably awful, it horrifies me to think that a screenwriter, producer / director spent time creating this. Seriously. I have only seen this movie because friends of ours rented it when we were hanging out, and I left crying hysterically and hyperventilating and unable to unsee the images now permanently burned into my head for years to come. The issue is not the quality of acting or filmmaking. The issue is the content. If you'd like to really deeply acquaint yourself - or your child - with demonic evil and the horrors that mankind can inflict on eachother, then by all means see this film.

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Too much violence