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(out of 12 reviews)
AGE
16
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Adult Written byFilmFanatic October 20, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

Touching movie, but intense

Fantastic movie but has some really intense scenes/themes that may not be suitable for younger teens. Positive Role Model/Message- Solomon proves to be great role model and brings a great message to the movie. He presses on even through hard and seemingly unbearable times in the hopes of seeing his family again. Bass's views on slavery and the differences between white and black people also makes him a worthy role model. Violence- Very brutal beating/whipping scenes with harsh results. The viewer usually doesn't see the wound being directly inflicted, as the camera angle is opposite of the actual contact. You can. however see the gory after affects, whipping sounds, pained faces and even blood spray from the more savage hits. A woman slave asks another slave to end her life because she is suffering so much at the hands of her master. A man is hung by the neck on his toes for an extended scene before his is cut down. (He is okay.) In a scene, a few slaves are hung and we see their bodies convulse briefly. The violence is intense and realistic. Sex/Nudity- There are two sex scenes. One consensual and lasts about 20-30 seconds and another of the same length that borderlines on rape (She doesn't fight back but it is implied she doesn't have much of a choice in the matter.) None of these scenes have nudity. There are a few scenes of nudity, but they are non-sexual. Slaves are washing up and bare butts and breasts can be scene. In a slave market, the slaves are sold nude so that their potential buyers can inspect them. Again, butts and breasts can be seen. Language- Frequent uses of mild to moderate language such as the N word and one use of b*tch. The N word is used very frequently in a negative manner.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byPoetic Ramblings January 8, 2014
AGE
17
QUALITY
 

DO NOT LET YOUR 14 YEAR OLD WATCH THIS

This movie, while it is well, acted, well written, and shows an important and beyond gut wrenching part of our history, should not be watched by children. I was nearly 18 when I saw this film and it is, and I can't emphasize this enough, extremely intense. You will walk out of it feeling like you've been run over by a train. Graphic violence, sex, torture.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 11 and 14 year old Written bysteveEng February 20, 2015
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Not well Directed

I did not like this movie as I think the directing was not good. The story from the film is good but is not appropriate for kids. There is violence and rape with in this movie.
Adult Written byzeekattacklee January 19, 2015
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

12 years a slave review..

This film was considerably interesting.. But, due to it’s graphic content. Parents need to use strong judgement when letting their young adults watch. Otherwise, it is a pretty great film for mature teenagers..
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written bykipwalker44 November 3, 2014
AGE
16
QUALITY
 

Excellent, powerful historical drama has great messages, but too violent for young teens

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Adult Written bySumiko April 12, 2014
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
Quite violent, the whipping scenes really get to me. People are hung and almost hung. One of the slaves is being raped by her master. All around dark themes.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Educator Written byfilmmaster93 March 23, 2014
AGE
16
QUALITY
 
What other families should know
Too much violence
Adult Written byMartyDX March 6, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Inappropriate due to nudity & sexual content

The main review left out that it has full nudity, nongraphic consensual but nonmarital sexual activity. Possibly that needs a revision to reflect this detail.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educator and Parent Written byMotherHubbard February 6, 2014
AGE
13
QUALITY
 

Good history lesson

Excellent film about conditions on the plantations in the 1800's when negros were regarded as chattels rather than people.Gives an insight into the types of crops grown,what plantations were like and how slaves were treated.