1984

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Book-based tale has brutal political torture, violence, sex.

R 1985 113 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 18+

Don't torture yourself with this dark, disturbing, long-slow-boring "ungood" film

Like the book itself, this film version is loaded with Hard-R scenes of full frontal nudity and sex, with endless torture scenes. It is a very depressing film and I hated watching it. The book is a classic and is a forefather of a lot of great sci-fi and dystopian tales. In the process of beating its protagonists into submission, this film likewise treats the viewer similarly. The storytelling narrative is confusing and jumbled, with the viewers never sure if we are watching a dream, a hallucination, or an actual event. Characters being tortured move back and forth into a green, dreamlike landscape which may or may not be real. The film is stressful to watch, depresssing, and incredibly dark. One of my top 10 most hated films and easily one of the darkest and most disturbing films I've ever seen. Not recommended for anyone, even adults.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

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