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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Brutal, sadistic Western with strong violence, graphic sex.

Movie R 2017 148 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+


Scenic beauty, storytelling great, the content was just appalling. For all the hell she went through, and semi happy ending would have been nice

This title has:

Too much violence
age 17+


This movie is not your everyday movie. It’s not for everyone either. It is haunting, dark, violent, and sadistic. However, it is brilliant. The story development, and acting are great. The story consumes you and takes you in into a twisted world, resilience and will to survive. Please note that while the story is fabulous and captivating, the brutality is hard to watch.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (5):

Though this Western is interesting and artistically daring, it's far too brutal and sadistic (and far too long) to recommend for casual viewing; it requires strong resolve and a stomach to match. Brimstone is the English-language debut of Dutch director Martin Koolhoven, and it's quite a calling card, thanks to its four-part, backward-flashback structure and its epic, two-and-a-half hour running time. And both Fanning and Pearce seem totally committed to the story's hard, vicious quality, willing to go the distance for it.

But while the work is worth admiring, in a way, at the same time, it begs the question: How far is too far? The movie is clearly opposed to the violent treatment of women; instead, it condemns self-righteous, religious persecution conducted by men of the cloth. Yet it can't help depicting all this violence in gruesome, specific, soul-draining detail. For the movie's high level of unpleasantness and the queasy feeling it leaves in the end, the relatively small takeaway from the story doesn't seem worth the trouble.

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