Before I Wake

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Weird horror-fantasy has some scary stuff, some sour notes.

PG-13 2018 97 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 34 reviews

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age 13+

I scored it 10. Let me tell you why:

Original, Beautiful Film- Not What You Expect Rarely does a film surprise me at all but this film certainly did. Mike Flannigan created an enigmatic speculative on childhood love, loss, fear and death that is both uniquely interpretive and otherworldly fantastical. For those who go into this film anticipating a run-of-the-mill horror film with gruesome effects and bloody deaths, you will be exceedingly disappointed. This film is provocative in that it makes you think and feel throughout. It is at times vastly uncomfortable, but magnificently redemptive. What it achieves is a rare feat- one I would classify more in the realm of Pan's Labyrinth than something like The Ring. What it suffers from is completely misdirected and misleading marketing which has done this gem a huge disservice. I'd watch it again. I'd recommend it to friends. Refrain from judging it based on the posters or the trailer. It's far greater than it's packaging and will probably be better received by audiences who expect more substance.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 14+

Totally Underrated

This movie was INCREDIBLE! It's one of my favorite movies EVER, actually. I screamed for the first time in a long time, and I jumped so often it's insane. This movie deserves way more popularity and love than it's getting. There is minor violence; nothing bad for anyone 12+. But it was super scary, so I suggest 14+. This is certainly a movie to watch with the girls/boys/trans; and not alone!

This title has:

Too much violence

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