Parents' Guide to

Breaking In

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Violent home invasion thriller is mostly boring clichés.

Movie PG-13 2018 88 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 14+

Good movie, lots of violence

Movie contained a lot more violence than I was anticipating after reading the reviews and ratings - otherwise it was a good movie. Definitely wouldn’t recommend for under 14.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 11+

what u believe

if your child's mature it's fine

This title has:

Too much swearing

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Parents say (8):
Kids say (8):

Union is appealing, and Burke's calm simmer is fun, but otherwise this violent home invasion thriller is a dull pack of clichés; not one idea hasn't been used before in 100 other movies. Directed by James McTeigue, Breaking In runs only 88 minutes, and it could have been a quick, snappily paced nail-biter. But instead it feels like the screenplay was once meatier and that some character development was chopped out, leaving just bare-bones traces of deeper characters.

Minimalist characters can be fascinating, of course, but here they are just empty shells. Plus, the screenplay sets up a few sturdy ideas that could have been turned into something if anyone had paid attention to them, such as a 90-minute time limit before the police come to investigate the disrupted alarm, or automatic lights or a drone camera, as established in early scenes of the house. But instead these things are used in a cursory way, with no payoff. Mostly, characters just wander around the giant house, simply appearing in exactly the right (or wrong) place at exactly the right (or wrong) time, with no suspense whatsoever.

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