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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

'80s horror movie has some gore, lots of peril.

Movie R 1983 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Ok movie

Ok movie the rabid dog attacks are bloody and even more bloody is when they are found and some bad language.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 13+


Violence 4/5 Sex 2/5 Language 3/5 Drinking/Drugs/Smoking 1/5 Scariness 3/5

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (20):

While not as gory as most modern horror movies, this '80s classic is still too scary for most kids. In the vast pantheon of movies adapted from the works of Stephen King, there is the great (The Shining, Stand by Me) and the not-so-great (Maximum Overdrive, remakes of Carrie). CUJO is somewhere in the middle. It's not a masterpiece by any stretch, but it isn't horrible either. If not for the performances of Dee Wallace and young Danny Pintauro (whose emotional and physical trauma conveyed in the midst of Cujo's attacks is genuinely more frightening than the actual dog), this would most certainly be just another dated 1980s horror movie with cheesy synth background music and typical stock rural characters whom you suspect don't have much longer to live.

One can't help but wonder how much scarier it would be -- the dog attacks, the creepy old farmhouse, the tension of waiting in the car while the rabid dog lurks -- had it been shot in black and white instead of color. One also can't help but wonder why the husband of the movie gets to drive around in a candy-apple red Jaguar convertible while the wife is stuck with a beige/off-white Ford Pinto hatchback. Be that as it may, with the right attitude -- and assuming you're not too much of a dog person -- Cujo is a sufficiently entertaining horror movie for older teens and adults.

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