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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood and gore, demonic imagery in excellent horror movie.

Movie NR 2019 98 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+
The lead actor was extremely good in this film. The movie was genuinely creepy. There's something about horror films with children as the lead that sets them apart from other horror movies. Excellent cast in this movie as well.
age 12+

It’s okay for grade 7 not 6

It’s okay for any mature 12 year old and up

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (33 ):

To even reference any of the classic horror movie storylines this film draws upon would give the game away. Let's just say that what appears to be a rather basic haunted-house horror movie paired with what seems to be a mad doctor engaging in gruesomely unethical surgeries shifts in some shocking directions. The story's twists and turns result in a satisfying horror movie in which it seems all the adults are hiding something (and they are). Viewers' enjoyment of this movie is inevitably dependent on how they feel about getting their sympathies and their sense of the "good guys" and "bad guys" contorting into an unexpected direction.

Eli has a satisfying ending because, unlike so many other movies with twist endings, it's easy to see how the clues were there all along. In other words, the ending isn't a cheap gimmick. While definitely not in the same league as the classic horror movies that clearly influenced Eli, it's still a fun movie that starts to feel as much like a game as anything else. Much of what works in the movie is attributable to Charlie Shotwell's performance as Eli, whose pained howls, asthmatic wheezing, and awkward tween interactions with the opposite sex play on our sympathies throughout most of the movie. It's a horror movie not easily forgotten, and one that rewards repeated viewings.

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