Death Note

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Illogical horror film has graphic violence, language.

NR 2017 101 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 15+

Based on 44 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 17+

eh

idk it was fine. not amazing but i don't think it's as bad as people are saying. I haven't seen the anime tho so idk. However it is ridiculously violent. like, a TON. and there was more sex stuff then said in the review but oh well. not the best but not the worst. ABSOLUTELY not for kids tho.
age 15+

THIS MOVIE IS AWFUL

As a big fan of the anime and a owner of all 13 volumes of the manga I can say with confidence this is the worst live action adaptation of a anime I have ever seen. If you plan on watching this than DO NOT!

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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