Parents' Guide to

Brahms: The Boy II

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Lifeless, useless horror sequel has violence, jump scares.

Movie PG-13 2020 86 minutes
Brahms: The Boy II Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

They came...

Brahms is back and better than ever, as a mute boy from the city digs up the doll in a forest and accidents happens. This will be another classic in the long row of evil doll movies, but do not think this will change your life this will just entertain you for over an hour. Some drinking and dolls doing terrible things in the classic style.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Almost better than the first

This movie was incredible! It was definitely scarier than the first - which was awesome. There is going to be a 3rd movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (13):

Filled with lifeless characters, basic jump scares, and very little else, this useless horror sequel betrays whatever good ideas the 2016 original had in a poor attempt to create a monster franchise. While The Boy actually told a pretty good, moody story, Brahms: The Boy II ignores it in order to create a Freddy/Jason-like supernatural killer who can be brought back to life in any number of sequels. In other words, this is yet another movie that feels more like a cash-in than a story yearning to be told. And despite some atmospheric cinematography, the movie gets off to a very rough start, with mechanical characters that not even admirable attempts at acting can bring to life.

As Brahms: The Boy II crawls through its amazingly long-winded 86 minutes, it fails to build any sense of dread or give viewers the creeps. The only scares are groaningly typical, including sudden movements in a mirror, sudden "bang!"s on the soundtrack, and the doll opening its mouth really wide while creepy-crawly things fly out of it. (There are also several "it was only a nightmare" scenes.) The movie isn't even bold enough to include any shocks or slayings (except, astoundingly, a murdered dog); even an obnoxious bully gets off fairly easily. With an already crowded slate of evil, killer dolls (Chucky, Annabelle, etc.), perhaps it's best if Brahms goes back in the toy chest for good.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate