A Quiet Place

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Gripping monster movie has lots of tension, some blood.
  • PG-13
  • 2018
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 71 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 169 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Bravery and teamwork can overcome difficult odds. It's important to overcome fear and self-doubt. A deaf girl is allowed to be a real character, not defined entirely by her deafness, and characters communicate via American Sign Language.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Father shown to be resourceful and caring toward family but also fearless when protecting them. Mother is endlessly brave, also while protecting her children. Violence sometimes required, and children sometimes placed, inadvertently, in harm's way. A character blames herself for a tragedy, and another family member learns that to tell her he loves her means more to her than he can guess.


A young boy is attacked (and killed, offscreen) by a monster; he's quickly snatched away in the blink of an eye. Children in jeopardy. A monster kills a raccoon, with blood spurt. A woman's body is torn to shreds. A bare foot steps on a protruding nail, with blood puddles. Blood puddles in tub. Bloody handprint. Some guns and shooting. A man commits suicide by screaming and letting monsters grab him. Family members argue. Jump scares/sudden noises. Small baby placed in a box (to protect him from monsters).


A pregnant woman gives birth (offscreen).


Monopoly game shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Bottles of prescription drugs shown; pill given to sick boy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Quiet Place is a horror movie about a family that avoids deadly monsters by staying quiet and communicating via American Sign Language. The family survives through teamwork and bravery, even when they're scared or unsure. Expect monster violence, including blood spurts and puddles (a character steps on a nail and leaves bloody footprints), as well as guns and shooting. Children, including a baby, are in peril, and one child is swept away and killed (offscreen) by a monster. A mangled corpse is briefly shown, and characters commit suicide by shouting. There's also some arguing and a few jump scares. A pregnant woman goes into labor and gives birth (offscreen). This is a clever, gripping, satisfying horror movie that should appeal not just to horror hounds but to casual viewers as well. John Krasinski (who also directed and co-wrote) and Emily Blunt co-star.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byCat2101 March 17, 2019

A great movie

Before you say no to your kids saying it is to scary or disturbing for them to see I recommend you read this review. A Quiet Place looks disturbing judging by... Continue reading
Parent of a 8, 13, and 17-year-old Written byFernando V. April 16, 2018

A Quiet Place Review

As a father of 3, I am very cautious of what my children see. But oh boy A Quiet Place is a thrilling wild ride. It is everything I wanted it to be. It had gr... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bymr_cinephile April 5, 2018

A Great Introduction to the World of Horror

I was honestly expecting this to be kinda mediocre, as most horror movies these days are, but after coming out the theater my only reaction was to scream... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMovie-Critic January 5, 2020

Extremely well done movie! But super suspenseful.

This movie is super well done and has amazing actors. There is some gore but never really any scary scenes. A few jump scares. This movie is super suspenseful a... Continue reading

What's the story?

In A QUIET PLACE, the world has been invaded by monsters that are attracted to sound and attack anything that makes noise. The Abbott family has managed to survive by staying very quiet; this is partly thanks to eldest daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds), who's deaf; the family already knows how to speak American Sign Language. Practical father Lee (John Krasinski) and mother Evelyn (Emily Blunt) have built a stronghold filled with stored food, surveillance cameras, warning lights, and even a Monopoly game with soft, silent playing pieces. But Regan blames herself for an earlier family tragedy, and son Marcus (Noah Jupe) is deathly afraid to go out and risk facing the monsters. Things get more difficult when the pregnant Evelyn must deliver her baby in silence. Her situation is further complicated when the baby is ready to come, and she finds herself alone, with the monsters circling...

Is it any good?

This gripping, clever monster movie is one of those rare genre treats that seizes on a simple, unique idea and executes it so perfectly and concisely that it elicits satisfying squeals of delight. It's directed and co-written by Krasinski, who's best known for his work in comedy but translates his experience in that genre to the expert building and releasing of tension here. A Quiet Place is, in many ways, like an extended classic horror movie sequence, such as famous ones in The Birds or Aliens, wherein the heroes must try not to disturb packs of resting monsters.

At the same time, Krasinski uses his quiet moments like music, ranging from moments of restful beauty -- including a father-son trip to a waterfall, where it's noisy enough that they can talk and even shout -- to moments of pause. A loud noise can cause a jump, but it's immediately followed by tension and dread: Will the creatures come this time? The real beauty is the movie's primal quality, based on the most basic elements of life, such as survival and protection of the species. No explanation is given for the monsters' existence; they, like us, are just here. Images of water, sand, bare feet, crops, and plant life serve to underline the theme of life itself. A few overly familiar horror movie clichés keep it from being perfect, but otherwise A Quiet Place is so good that it will leave viewers speechless.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about A Quiet Place's use of violence. How did it affect you? How much violence is actually shown? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • Is the movie scary? What's the appeal of horror/monster movies? Why is it sometimes fun to be scared?

  • Do you think it would be hard to stay quiet for long periods? How long have you gone without making a sound?

  • How does the deaf character come across? Is she strong? Admirable? Does the movie make you interested in learning more about American Sign Language?

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