The Black Phone

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Violent but effective horror tale about kidnapped teens.

R 2022 102 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 14+
This movie is good for kids who can handle horror very well, however it’s not good for childrens mental health, it could cause violent thoughts, nightmares, and anxiety. So I would recommend this to mature teens but kids under 14 can watch it, as long as their parents give them permission. I watched it with my 14 year old daughter and she loved it, she’s a nice and sweet girl and still is.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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1 person found this helpful.
age 16+

For mature audiences

I really personally enjoyed it. Please be prepared. This movie is about a kidnapping so of course it is going to be dark and a little scary for children. Personally I really enjoyed it and the idea was great! Wishing to have a little more of a backstory to how the killer is the way he is though.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages

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