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Parents' Guide to

Do Not Reply

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grim thriller about abducting and brainwashing teens.

Movie R 2020 100 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

All too real

This is for girls a great way to show them what does happen when we are groomed via chat rooms and meet up with strangers. Granted this is not how most girls end up which is trafficked but this is fucked up reality
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

Drugs, sex, assault, gore

A lot of gory violence, scene depicting sexual assault on a teenager, other sexual themes, very dark.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Intended as a cautionary tale with a message, this grim, unpleasant thriller is too close to raw exploitation to take seriously; all that remains is a picture of cruel abuse and victimized women. While Chelsea is portrayed as heroic, never giving up hope of escape, it's difficult to reconcile that side of her with the earlier take on her character. And the other women are completely indoctrinated, proclaiming their "love" for Brad and competing for his attentions. It's all very distressing.

Technically, the movie -- helmed by the father-son team of Walter and Daniel Woltosz, both making their feature directing debut -- looks good, with a strong sense of claustrophobia, prison-like rooms, and the use of footprint-catching shag rugs. But the pair can't quite find a rhythm that allows for any kind of release from the despair. Brad is played, as you'd expect, as a psychopath with coiled, quiet moments and explosions of temper (with, of course, a shirt buttoned all the way up to the collar), and he's abhorrent. It's difficult to get away from the "thriller-y" aspects of Do Not Reply to get at the truth of its supposed message.

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