Bird Box

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Violent sci-fi thriller has chaos, gory deaths, swearing.

R 2018 124 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 51 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 132 reviews

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age 18+

Don’t be guided by age-based ratings - this movie could be immensely disturbing for anyone who’s considered suicide

Forget my 18+ rating. It’s a good movie for fully-grown, mature adults, who are confident in their current level of mental health only. I’m a parent. I thought this would be similar to ‘A Quiet Place’, and it is in some ways. But for anyone who’s wondered about suicide, this movie could also be named ‘100 ways to kill yourself’. I’ve known and worked with adults who would find this movie extremely disturbing and it could prompt dark and depressing thoughts, let alone its possible effect on kids. It doesn’t glamourise suicide at all, but it focuses on it relentlessly. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone, of any age, who has had problems with significant anxiety, depression or suicidal ideation. Otherwise, it’s a very well-done movie.
age 15+

Very disturbing to me as an adult

Other people may have given this information but I just wanted to pop in and let everyone know why this triggered my panic disorder as a 23 year old. First of all the movie is amazing and I love how even though it's a horror movie it's also a complicated character study with great acting. The focus is less on the "what" and "why" of the apocalypse and more on the interactions between humans. Slight spoilers below. The intense danger that children are in may be unwatchable for some people. I'm not a parent, but I can't stomach bad things happening to kids very well, and even though no children die in this movie, the danger to their lives and mental health mostly drives the plot. At one point, an infant that was just born is in mortal danger and we are uncertain if it will be killed. The main character almost forces one of the children to risk their life for her and the other child, then decides against it at the last minute. The children don't always fully understand the danger they are in and make unwise choices that put themselves in mortal danger. On top of all this, both children are subjected to a childhood unfit for any child. They have no names and are referred to as "boy" and "girl" in order to humanize them less to the main character. They don't get to play or be normal children and they don't get any affection from adults. This is very traumatic for them and at one point we see that one of the children is afraid of the main character. These themes were extremely intense for me and may affect those who have had traumatic upbringings or who are parents of young children. On top of that, obviously, suicide is a major theme and happens onscreen constantly. The horror of the film is that you are a danger to yourself and may not be able to stop yourself from killing yourself. If you have struggled with suicidal thoughts this may be too on the nose.

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