The Others

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Good but creepy; may be too intense for some.

PG-13 2001 101 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 20 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 76 reviews

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age 12+

Rated PG-12 (moderate scary scenes, infrequent murder & suicide references).

MAIN CONTENT ISSUES - There are scary scenes throughout, often moderately intense or unsettling, and mainly involve ghostly voices and noises. One of the more disturbing moments depicts a girl with an old woman's face behind a veil, although still retaining the girl's voice, as well as an old woman's hand, to which the mother appears very distressed by and lashes out on her. The scary scenes and supernatural menace are broken up throughout the film by quieter moments, so none of them are particularly sustained. There are also infrequent, brief references to the suffocation of two children by their mother, and then how the mother shot herself. These references are largely undetailed and integral to the plot. | OTHER ISSUES - There is a moment of mild aggression/violence by a mother towards her young daughter when she mistakes her for someone else; she shakes her around and pushes her over to the floor, making the girl scream. One very brief moment of sensuality between two characters. There are some mildly upsetting scenes and thematic material. | RATED "PG-12" - Parental Guidance, some scenes may be unsuitable for children under 12. Contains some content generally suitable for persons aged 12 years and over, and parents/guardians are strongly advised to watch the film with any person below that age.
age 13+

A confounding experience

"No one can make us leave this house." Ahh, cringe line which we hear in all the horror movies. Well, a galvanic and a movie full of suspense by Alejandro Amenábar; The Others (2001) comes up with a very twisting, mind numbing and mysterious plot. Grace, a single mother whose husband have left her and their two kids alone for a war has been shown undertaking responsibility of a big house with photosensitive children. An over protective, possessive but loving mother is shown with her character. The story starts with 3 new servants entering the house who later revealed that they have worked in the house earlier as well. A haunted house where noone stays and everyone leaves as soon as possible. Grace is very religious and have a great faith in god. Although, she don't believes her elder child Anne at the beginning about her stories that there's someone else also living in the house and she plays with a child named Victor because it is Anne's basic nature to create such stories and quail her younger brother who she keeps on calling a coward. The children fears their mother as they had witnessed her mad side once but at that time, that was due to stress. But yet again, same thing happened when she saw an old horrid woman in her daughter and tried to kill her. The ending turns out to be confounding. The truth if the 3 servants was revealed and even Anne and her children's as well. The movie was based upon the view of ghosts and not the living people. Hence, ending was eye popping. According to me, this movie is maybe monotonous because of persistent, unsolved suspense but it's story line, the beliefs and knowledge is pretty good and something which one should know. If you love horror mystery, then I would like to strongly recommend you to watch this movie.

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