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Parents' Guide to

Green Room

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Gory, brutally violent, but well-made horror/thriller.

Movie R 2016 94 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Compelling but brutally gory

A compelling horror flick. The suspense is good, character development not so much and the film definitely plays into the good vs evil tropes. The most enjoyable parts about it is the suspense and of course Patrick Stewart, Stewarting up the place. He is well cast and makes the stakes quite high for everyone involved in the scene with him. As a theatre person the film takes the uneventful green room to a new realm that I had never imagined.
age 16+

Good but very gory thriller

The only real inappropriate content in this movie is violence, but it is VERY high. A few examples include a hand hanging off of an arm after being chopped, a mans stomach being cut open (no innards shown), half a mans face blown off with a shotgun, and dogs eating and tearing peoples necks. All of these acts are shown for a couple of seconds and not lingered upon, hence the 16+.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (10 ):

Influenced by exploitation movies of the 1970s (and punk music of the 1980s), this horror-thriller is rooted in a gripping, grisly kind of realism without resorting to lazy coincidence or stupidity. Director Jeremy Saulnier previously made the similarly excellent Blue Ruin; here he continues honing his skills as a maker of exceptional genre movies that are both entertaining and involving. GREEN ROOM conjures up a vivid atmosphere, introducing characters that feel like they're living in it, rather than just performing in it.

These characters have history -- such as when one band member's wrestling skills come in handy -- and their decisions carry real weight. Saulnier's use of compressed time and space (the movie is set over one long day and mainly in one room) lend the story an air of urgency, while darkness and sounds (barking dogs) add to the unsettling soundtrack. The cast is outstanding, but it's Stewart who with this performance instantly becomes one of the screen's most haunting villains, spreading hatred with soft-spoken precision.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 15, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: July 12, 2016
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart , Anton Yelchin , Imogen Poots
  • Director: Jeremy Saulnier
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: A24
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Run time: 94 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong brutal graphic violence, gory images, language and some drug content
  • Last updated: February 26, 2023

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