It (1990)

Movie review by Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Stephen King pits kids vs. killer clown from hell.

NR 1990 193 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 190 reviews

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age 9+


Look if your a parent don’t be worried this has almost no gore exept in one scene we’re a guy gets stabbed otherwise this is good.(No cussing). Every 9 year old can handle this trust me

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age 14+

Cheesy, but good adaptation of the novel

This was actually a very good film, considering the fact that it was a horror miniseries made for television. My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I would recommend it to anyone who loves horror movies, but isn’t afraid of clowns. It’s cool how Pennywise looks like a circus clown in this movie, but has a different, scarier clown look in the 2017 and 2019 It movies. I think the 5/5 for violence is a little bit of an exaggeration, since the violence isn’t super dark, so I would say it should be more like 3/5 for violence. Also, the violence and gore is limited, since it is made for television. If your kid is in their early teens or even just shy of being a teenager, there is nothing in this movie that they cannot handle. Just some violence and language is about the worst of it. But do keep in mind that there are positive messages, like teamwork and loyalty, since positive role models, like the kids having to work together to defeat Pennywise and remain loyal to each other along the way. This is a very well-made horror film/miniseries, and no one should miss it!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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