First Reformed

Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Disturbing images in intense, mature character study.

R 2018 108 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

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age 15+

Sobering, Deep, and Not for Young Audience Members

First Reformed is, in my opinion, one of the most well made and thought provoking films in recent years. Every single scene feels unique and carefully put together, and co-stars Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried did spectacularly. Like most A24 films, however, it carries a dark feel and atmospheric tone (not always a bad thing). Though the violence is rare, it includes a graphic aftermath of a man who blew his brains out with a gun, a poor quality video of a man blowing himself up with a bomb, and a minister wrapping barbed wire around his shirtless torso as an act of penance. Language is extremely mild, with only around 2 uses of s**t, 2 d**n, and one Son of a b***h. Very infrequent for an R rated movie, much less an A24 production. As previously mentioned, the film has a very dark atmospheric and gloomy tone throughout. Musician Lustmord (who is credited with creating the Dark Ambience genre) contributes to that with his literal chilling score.
age 15+

This title has:

Too much violence

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