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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Shallow, forgettable remake has violence, sex, swearing.

Movie PG-13 2017 108 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 11+

If you like scary movies......

This movie could be watched by anyone who wants to be frightened. A little bit of kissing, and one scene where kids might need to close their eyes and ears, but very interesing movie.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 7+

Under Rated Remake

I think every parent over protects their children to a point; they don't know what to expect when they get out and live life in the real world. On one comment it said sisters 14 and 16 years old never seen a scary movie. I was 7 when I seen the original unedited Exorcist. This was no comparison.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (9):

This remake of the popular 1990 hit starts with the same intriguing idea and goes down the same superficial, empty-headed path. Although, unlike the original, this take on Flatliners is sadly unaware of its own shallowness. The original played up its silliness with bold colors and overwrought sets; the best this one can manage is having the women wear heels during their hospital shifts. The original also benefited from the newly minted stardom of Julia Roberts, whose Pretty Woman had recently set the box office afire. This Flatliners does feature some likable actors, but they're hardly the "A" list the original film boasted. (Kiefer Sutherland cameos as an older doctor, 27 years after his role in the original.)

It's too bad the remake couldn't have expanded on the original idea, exploring the concept of life after death. Instead, it goes down the same old "haunted by ghosts of our past" route (it's very convenient how many of these characters have deaths in their past) and uses stale old horror/thriller chestnuts to "scare" us. It does try to shove an "apologizing/forgiving" message down viewers' throats, but that means little when the characters are only doing it to save their own skins. At the helm, director Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down) keeps things polished and professional but fails to make his movie worth experiencing.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 29, 2017
  • On DVD or streaming: December 26, 2017
  • Cast: Elliot Page, Nina Dobrev, Diego Luna, James Norton
  • Director: Niels Arden Oplev
  • Inclusion Information: Non-Binary actors, Queer actors, Latinx actors
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 108 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violence and terror, sexual content, language, thematic material, and some drug references
  • Last updated: March 31, 2022

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