Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Dark, violent stalker thriller has strong performances.

R 2019 98 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 11 reviews

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age 16+

Movie with interesting and creepy concept is at times boring

Greta is more creepy than scary, although the film does boast three or four mild jump scares. Greta has such an interesting concept. The idea of a female stalker and a female victim is refreshing but it is also easy to view this obsession as somewhat sexual. The acting performances by Huppert and Moretz are phenomenal here, very convincing and pleasantly surprising. Maika Monroe's role as Moretz's roommate Erica, however, feels a tad disappointing and forced. The camera work and the overall atmosphere in the movie is fantastic, with some beautifully executed and clever shots. There are a few heart pumping moments; for instance, when Greta follows Erica through Manhattan and sends Frances photos of her stalking activities as she gets closer to Erica. There is a certain level of dread and suspense that is accomplished and it is appealing. I don't think you'll be able to shake off the sound of the creepy piano either, even once the movie is over. In terms of the film's conclusion, it feels very drawn out and unsatisfying, to the point where boredom sets in and you get frustrated with the characters and their inaction. Frances's dad, in particular, is an unlikable character and lessens the story's impact. There is a twist at the end that regenerates interest in the film, but sadly the last moment in the film falls into territory of horror movie cliche. Expect some violent and frightening scenes which appear shocking, especially since the movie has a subtle and even "calm" tone in the beginning. These include Greta injecting medicine into her bloody, broken finger (this is a pretty lengthy shot), Greta's psychotic outbursts, overall peril and claustrophobic scenes (Frances gets trapped in an elevator in a dream sequence, locked in a toy chest and is visibly traumatized), a private investigator gets shot (off-screen), Greta stabs her victims in the neck with a needle, implicit animal abuse that may be upsetting, and many scenes revolving around slipping drugs into beverages. Swearing is minimal as far as I remember. The movie is definitely 16+ only as it is more mature than most traditional "horror" flicks.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

Great Suspenseful, psychological horror movie.

I love this movie but it's not for teens

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

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