Down a Dark Hall

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Teen ghost story adaptation is macabre enough to entertain.

PG-13 2018 96 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+

Female creativity and madness

This movie isn’t sure what age group it’s necessarily trying to attract but it’s definitely not appropriate for young kids. Non- traumatized pre-teens and up would benefit from watching a serious take on the history of the broken female psyche and how girls are used as vessels for manipulation. In this case, art. *Trigger warnings for scenes of corpses and suicide.

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Great messages
age 14+

Supernatural possession

(slight spoilers ahead) While visually this movie isn't too inappropriate or scary for kids, the psychological scariness is pretty high. Also, the main scary part is being possessed by the dead. Had I known that, I would not have shown this to my almost 13 year old. I think there should be a separate category because while this wasn't technically "violent", it was definitely disturbing. My daughter left the room several times because she couldn't handle it. A lot more death that common sense media let's on. Also, the 2 star sex rating is wrong. I wouldn't have even given it 1/2 star for that but I would have given it 4 stars for violence (lacking a different category for demon possession). Overall I'd say skip this movie for younger teens.

This title has:

Too much violence

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