12 Monkeys

Movie review by Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Terry Gilliam's violent dystopian masterpiece.

R 1995 130 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 9 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 18+

A Really, Really good movie that needs no Common Sense for Age: It's Rated R

Sometime I get the feeling this site is a mother hen trying to make everything fit into a lens of what age child should watch this. This is rated R folks, check the MPAA as they do us a service and R is Restricted – under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. The review by CSM makes it seem like it's aimed for 8 year olds and they're being over protective against you showing it to one. Do not show this to under 18 kids. It's not really meant for kids at all. I have a friend who has a bit part (blonde in the van when they take the tape off the Doctor) and she even said it's for adults and she was there in filming. I would click the buttons below but they're mostly "too much" of something and again, it's not for kids.
age 13+

Smart, interesting dystopian sci-fi can be confusing and provocative

12 Monkeys is a unique, memorable dystopian time travel flick with mature themes and a moody atmosphere. It's meant for adults, but it should be alright for older kids--however, if you're thinking about letting your younger ones watch it, then there are some issues to consider. Not only is the movie's depiction of a mental institution relatively upsetting, but various scenes throughout depict severe beatings, sometimes with bloody dead bodies / painful wounds lingered on. The movie's final sequence features a slow motion gunshot with spurting blood. There's also plenty of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y,") and a few sexual references (to prostitution, etc.). Several shots feature naked male buttocks in a non-sexual context. Most suitable for teens 13+.

This title has:

Too much violence

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