Parents' Guide to

A Walk Among the Tombstones

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Crime story from skilled director has strong violence.

Movie R 2014 113 minutes
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Liam neeson never ceases to amaze

I caught this on Cinemax and I liked it a lot, it was most definitely a horror movie with neeson at the forefront, and don't worry, it still has kickass action and suspense to keep you satisfied ;)

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Screenwriter Scott Frank tells the story with enthusiasm and skill. Frank has made a career of adapting crime novels and thrillers by Elmore Leonard, Philip K. Dick, and James Lee Burke for the screen. He wrote an excellent original thriller and made his directorial debut with The Lookout; A WALK AMONG THE TOMBSTONES, adapted from a Lawrence Block novel, is his follow-up. Like a good crime novelist, Frank doesn't necessarily bring anything new to the genre, but he gives it a fresh presentation.

He captures a fine big-city feel with grungy shops and stairwells, as well as luckier, fancier places. Characters flit in and out of the story with the sense that they have lived lives here. Even the standard "cute kid" character of T.J. is handled like an everyday occurrence. Set in 1999, the story includes references to the paranoia of the Y2K computer "virus." The overall sense of dread and rage is strong, even if the movie is too long to be terribly suspenseful.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 19, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: January 13, 2015
  • Cast: Liam Neeson , Astro , Dan Stevens
  • Director: Scott Frank
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 113 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong violence, disturbing images, language and brief nudity
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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