Movie review by Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Lots of violence, some language in Western road movie.

R 2017 133 minutes

Parents say

age 17+

Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Not as bad as made out to be

Yes. There are women who get assaulted, however none of this is shown and unless your child is sick they shouldn't make the connection until they are older. There are many scenes of medium violence, not much swearing either. Violence and swearing are appropriate to context; e.g. If your family was all killed by a person and you were bent on revenge, would you not want to get revenge? Same tone here. Most of the violence and themes are meant to show that it isn't black and white, there are no good guys or bad guys, and the cavalry aren't always the heroes. There is little to no sex or implied assault, little to no drinking or smoking, moderate violence and very good lessons about resilience, redemption, and the horrors of racism. Very eye opening it deserving of its 15+ rating.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 17+

Gritty and violent, but solid look at the brutality of the West.

This movie is solid but not for those who want to leave a film feeling good about humanity. This is about the brutality of all parties during a difficult time in our nation's history.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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