Parents' Guide to

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Inventive interactive movie has violence, drugs, language.

Movie NR 2018 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 12+

Not too bad

Whilst I don’t think it should be PG-13 like some other people said, I don’t think that it’s too bad. There is an option to cut up the main character’s father but it moves the camera up so that you don’t see anything too gruesome apart from when Stefan (the main character) is in his room coding and his father’s head is displayed on his drawers. There is a part where Stefan and another character take lsd but in my opinion that would encourage people NOT to take drugs. Overall it’s not too violent but if you’re younger than 11 you should definitely sit with an adult to cover up your eyes at scary or violent parts. Also, characters tend to sweat a lot and the main character tells his father to f_ _k off at one point.
age 13+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Clever, surprising, and a crash course in the concept of "free will," this movie forces its viewers to impact the story, just as it forces its central player to go along with those demands. Strikingly well done, especially for a first foray into complex audience involvement, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch sets a high bar for similarly styled films that will inevitably follow. It's intriguingly set in the early stages of video game development, so that Stefan's machinations feel just primitive enough to clash with new technology and heighten the action, as well as his emotional journey.

And, as experimental as it must have been for director David Slade to make this film, it's just as experimental for viewers. Happily, going back and forth between first choices and second ones, guided by the filmmakers when "least best" choices are made, can deliver lots of nuance, along with its a host of divergent paths. Still, the movie's plot, characters, and thematic messages remain the same, no matter how meandering the journey. All in all, this is a first-rate addition to the Black Mirror franchise.

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