Green Room

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Gory, brutally violent, but well-made horror/thriller.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Takes the position that using brutal violence in self-defense is considered OK.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are all capable of great violence and aren't above stealing.


Extremely strong, gory violence: Dead, bloody corpses; pools of blood; spurting blood. Fighting, kicking, biting. Guns and shooting. Stabbing. Limbs broken. Slashed-up arm (repaired with duct tape). Stomach sliced with a box cutter. Killer dogs tear people apart. Machete to neck. Lots of loud, violent punk music. Violence against women.


Many uses of "f--k," "s--t," the "N" word, "motherf----r," "goddamn," "f----t," "ass," "jizz."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Beer drinking in social situations.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Green Room is an intensely violent thriller with horror elements that harkens back to the pulpy "grindhouse" days. There are grisly killings with knives, box cutters, machetes, guns, and killer dogs, accompanied by pooling, spurting blood. There's also lots of fighting, kicking, and gory wounds (one slashed-up arm is repaired with duct tape). Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," and the "N" word, and there's a lot of violent, expletive-filled music. Characters drink in social situations, but sex isn't an issue. If teens know star Patrick Stewart from Star Trek: The Next Generation and the X-Men movies, they'll get a very different impression here. Still, while the material is extremely intense, this is also a very well-made movie with believable characters, and it's likely that it could become a word-of-mouth hit.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8-year-old Written byBobby G. July 30, 2019

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 m... Continue reading
Adult Written bySam M. November 14, 2017

Barroom Brawl of Nightmares

A taut minimalist thriller from rising indie maverick Jeremy Sulinier. A consistantly immerive grungy atmosphere pervades and grounds every scene. Characters ar... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byClorox bleach June 26, 2020

Such a stupid movie

This movie isn’t as gory as you think. This movie sucked and it was a waste of an hour and 35 minutes
Teen, 14 years old Written byaninexperienced... July 31, 2019


This film is for mid to older teens and adults because of it's extreme violence, constant suspense and unease, and the presence of a meth lab. A band gets... Continue reading

What's the story?

Punk rock band The Ain't Rights -- bassist Pat (Anton Yelchin), guitarist Sam (Alia Shawkat), drummer Reece (Joe Cole), and singer Tiger (Callum Turner) -- are on tour, but they're not even scraping together enough money for gas. When a key gig falls through, a journalist gets them a replacement one playing a backwoods Portland club for white supremacists. After unwisely playing a Dead Kennedys cover song ("Nazi Punks F--- Off"), the band prepares to make a hasty exit ... when they become witnesses to a brutal murder in the green room. Trapped inside with a stranger (Imogen Poots) while the supremacists' sinister, calculating leader (Patrick Stewart) schemes, the bandmates must think on their feet in order to survive.

Is it any good?

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Green Room's extreme violence. What effect does it have? What purpose does it serve? What's the impact of media violence on kids? Does that impact change as kids get older?

  • Is the movie scary? How does something like this compare to a movie with more supernatural horrors?

  • How does it feel to see Patrick Stewart playing such a frightening, hateful villain?

Movie details

  • In theaters: April 15, 2016
  • On DVD or streaming: July 12, 2016
  • Cast: Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots
  • Director: Jeremy Saulnier
  • 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: September 20, 2019

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