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Gerald's Game

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Well-made psychosexual horror film is gruesome and gory.

Movie NR 2017 103 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 17+

Beginning and end meh, but the middle is a tightly wound spring

I have been a fan of Carla Gugino since Troop Beverly Hills. She gives a strong performance in this King adaptation. A quick intro and a quick exit but what is in between is quite strong. It is creepy, it is suspenseful and it is a good use of a rogue dog. Greenwood offers a strong adversary for Gugino's character. The last ten minutes is a quick hot mess that does not necessarily work but it does not take away from the hour and ten previous which had you on a tightly wound string. I guess the game goes like Monopoly until we're tired and want it to just hurry up and end.
age 18+

Bad movie

This movie is set in the same scene almost the entire movie. There is no thrill to it, it is just boring. I could not finish the movie it had no suspense besides a dog coming in and eating a steak. It does not deserve a 90% on rotten tomatoes I would NEVER recommend this movie to anyone. It was so extremely boring we all knew she was going to obviously escape eventually. This movie had nothing going for it. I don’t usually rate movies on here but I had to for this movie because it was probably one of the worst movies I have ever seen.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (12):

Carla Gugino gives her all in a stellar performance; the production is first-rate, suspenseful, thought-provoking, and smart, but the gore and sexual threats make it tough going for the squeamish. Fans of Stephen King's book may be surprised by some of the changes to the story, but it all works as a movie. Gerald's Game is a tight thriller with a strong psychological core. Other performances, including those of Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, and a very expressive dog, are first-rate as well. Still, there are moments that are hard to watch for any but horror fans. No kids.

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