Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Great lead performance, but very mature, graphic content.

R 2016 130 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

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age 17+

Great ambiguous performances!

A film unlike others. Difficult to ascertain what line it tries to walk and whether it is a story of female empowerment or seeped in male gaze, or all of it. Everyone plays ambiguity well! It's ambiguity is how it succeeds in its storytelling and in engaging the audience. Intense performances and unashamedly confrontational. An interesting, violent woven tale.
age 16+

For mature, smart teens

This is a great, often infuriating film that the mature, thoughtful teenager will appreciate. Young women may especially benefit from the questions it raises about feminism and "likable" female characters. It is less of a straight forward plot driven thriller and more a comedy of manners. Also, the protagonist's motivations are complex, but are obscured by Huppert's performance, so be prepared for a conversation after viewing.

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