Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Scary beyond belief serial killer thriller.
  • R
  • 2003
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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


Gruesome deaths. Very intense and graphic peril.


Character is a prostitute, some sexual references


Some very strong language

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking and smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very scary movie with a lot of intense peril and some grisly and upsetting deaths. A character is a prostitute and there are some sexual references, including a discussion of a possible out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Characters drink, smoke, and use strong language.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byreadyornot...BOO July 15, 2020

A fine but yet so intense movie

This movie was really OK but yet it was too violent for young ones! I think 13+ could watch this.
Adult Written byWixom62 July 6, 2020

Unbelievable ending!

Not a movie for kids, but a very good movie for adults that enjoy suspense filled plots. Unbelievable twist and turns!!
Teen, 15 years old Written byDogcat November 26, 2020

Don’t reveal your identity!

I agree with CSM except it should change into one star instead of 4. Horror movies is trash! #Horror movie haters #horror movie rants #identity rants
Teen, 13 years old Written bywhatsyourdamage April 7, 2020

Great movie, gory

I loved this movie, I watched it a few weeks ago with my mom after asking to watch a horror movie. I'm not very concerned about blood or gore, so that wasn... Continue reading

What's the story?

It was a dark and stormy night. Ten strangers are stranded at a seedy motel. And then, as one of them later explains, "people started dying." At first, it seems that they have nothing in common: a movie star (Rebecca De Mornay) and her limo driver (John Cusack), a prostitute (Amanda Peet), a police detective and his prisoner, a man (John C. McGinley) with a critically injured wife (Liela Kenzle) and her young son, and a just-married couple (Clea Duvall and William Lee Scott). Once they have all assembled and we have established that all communications and exits have been cut off by the rain, scary-movie things begin. As characters are killed off, the survivors try to figure out who the murderer is and what the pattern is to the deaths. At first, the murders seem as random. But then, as each body has a motel room key counting down in sequence, it seems clear that there must be a connection.

Is it any good?

This is a thriller with real thrills -- both the kind that make you jump and the kind that make you think. It is one of those rare Sixth Sense-style puzzles with a fabulous plot twist that may send audiences back to see it a second time just for the fun of knowing how it all fits together.

Close-ups with suspenseful music mean that something bad has happened or is going to happen just outside the frame. But the conventions of the genre are treated more as traditions and they are expertly handled and wonderfully creepy in IDENTITY.

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