Parents' Guide to

Apostle

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Graphically violent thriller has torture, gore, black magic.

Movie NR 2018 130 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 14+

Great, but a little violent movie.

I think that it is a pretty good movie, with some amazing acting from everyone in it. It does get a little gory at times, but if your child is mature and comfortable with gore, they could probably watch it at 14, however, there may be one scene where your child and you will have to close your eyes due to intense gore.
age 18+

Don't get the hype...

The movie was okay, but I didn't find it to be as great as other online reviewers felt. It starts out quite slow. Usually I can deal with that, but given the era of the story, it was a little boring. Plenty of very violent gore, which I can deal with if the movie is exciting enough. There is a sex scene in which two young adults or teens have sex. They remained fully clothed. The female is wearing a large dress which absolutely nothing can be seen, not even her legs. The female straddles the male and begins to ride him. We see her from behind, still fully dressed, but her butt and back motions leave no question about them having sex. She is not necessarily vigorous, but definitely moved like she has some experience. This scene seems to be quite long in comparison to a few of seconds. This scene, from foreplay to the end of the scene, lasted about 30 seconds. Although there was only one sex scene, it lasted long enough for me to feel this movie had too much sex.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (14 ):

With his complex tale, driven by an exhaustive onslaught of violence and gore, Welsh writer-director Gareth Evans is considered a filmmaker to watch; it's true, but only if you have a strong stomach. Apostle is down, dirty, and grisly from start to finish. And the movie is two hours and 10 minutes long. There are twists and turns in the plot, mostly delivered by knives and spears. It would be difficult to even count the number of folks impaled and then kept on-screen to writhe as they expire. You may think you've seen the most appalling and ghastly of events, but another is only moments away. Apostle is a dark film, in content and in look, with a cast of good actors who may have relished their immersion in blood and guts. It's not certain which audiences will. Absolutely not for kids.

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