Parents' Guide to

Daniel Isn't Real

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Decent imaginary-friend horror tale has sex, violence.

Movie NR 2019 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Quite a ride!

This movie was very nice going. I do not see why it was so bad. My older son just loved it. I do think there are some violence in some parts; with language, but besides that, it is very amazing. The movie was pact with thrilling moments and action. I think everyone 13+ could watch this. PG-13: sequences of intense violence and some language.
age 16+

Screwed up movie

This movie was the worst we have seen. This is not-rated, what were they thinking!? Besides the bad moments, it has a message to encourage others to open their eyes to the truth. Plenty of horror violence. And quite surprisingly this movie is tame on the strong language. R: grisly images of horror violence and some langauge.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Even if it never really does a memorable deep-dive into psychological or emotional territory, this effective horror movie starts with a good idea and stays true to it throughout its running time. Based on a novel by Brian DeLeeuw -- who co-wrote the screenplay with director Adam Egypt Mortimer -- Daniel Isn't Real lightly travels familiar territory, with shades of Fight Club, Donnie Darko, and American Psycho. It stays somewhat on the surface, especially with the passive main character, Luke, and the way his world helplessly crumbles around him. Daniel is more fun, providing a hint of intoxicating power before letting slip a more threatening side.

Yet director Mortimer manages to keep a snappy B movie pace, and the shortfalls never really bog down the story. The movie ups its game with its shocking opening sequence: an act of random violence in a cafe that doesn't seem to tie in to the rest of the movie until we start to realize that evil itself can be random. Daniel Isn't Real saves some of its best stuff until the climax, as the characters move from the flat, dreary look of the movie's cityscape to a sinister, cavernous, eerily lit place. There, we get shocking transformations and a bloody showdown that briefly jar the movie to life. It leaves off with enough of a satisfying click to make it worth a look.

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