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By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong horror violence in entertaining killer-robot movie.

Movie PG-13 2023 102 minutes
M3GAN Movie Poster: An eerie robot/doll with long blond hair looks at the profile of a smiling girl

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 9+

Parental guidance however ok for kids who love horror

I took my 9 year old to see this he is very mature for his age and loves scary movies , I’m an over protective mom and it’s hard to find horror movies he can enjoy with out adult sex scenes. This was great more funny than scary and zero nudity or sexual content a good movie for family’s that love scary movies I was very worried before letting him see it and honestly wasn’t bad for kiddos that have seen other horror movies
age 16+

PG 13 is a misleading rating

This movie is pretty disturbing in many respects. I took two 14 year old girls and we wanted to leave part way through the movie because it became a lot more like a horror story than what we were expecting. The doll violently kills for at least half the movie and it’s all based on protecting the little girl she’s paired to. Also, the general story line of the little girls losing both parents at the beginning of the movie in a violent car crash is the basis for the whole movie so right from the start it’s just hard to watch and an upsetting story line. As a parent i was laughing at how disturbing it became. The movie itself was well done, but for a much older audience and the railing seems really off. All of the marketing in the movie doesn’t lead one to believe it will be quite so violent with such a disturbing storyline.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (91 ):

A combination of sly, funny self-awareness, a genuine sense of human grief and emotional connection, and an unsettlingly creepy-cool killer robot, this fun horror pic hits all the right buttons. With a story concocted by James Wan and Akela Cooper (Hell Fest, Malignant), M3GAN understands how horror movies are wired and gets pleasure in teasing viewers with these known elements while cheerfully sidestepping the story's flaws. The M3GAN character is in roughly the same vein as Chucky and the Terminator, but she's also their opposite. Her delicate frame, wide eyes, and girlish appearance make her attacks seem somehow more potent and surprising, and the movie uses them to the fullest capacity. The human characters are just as interesting as they grapple with loss in realistic, touching ways, going through rage, sadness, guilt, and more. (M3GAN's on-screen POV display, which shows her detected percentages of human emotions, is a huge kick.) This slick, neatly paced film keeps ramping things up until a smashing showdown, face-to-interface.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: January 6, 2023
  • On DVD or streaming: February 8, 2023
  • Cast: Allison Williams , Violet McGraw , Amie Donald
  • Director: Gerard Johnstone
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Female writers, Black writers, Asian writers
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Horror
  • Topics: Robots
  • Run time: 102 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: violent content and terror, some strong language and a suggestive reference
  • Last updated: August 3, 2023

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