Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Maggie Movie Poster Image
Surprisingly touching Schwarzenegger zombie flick.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 4 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Raises interesting questions about life, death, and love. What's most important in life? What do we cling to while we're here? How is it that death is so much harder for those left behind?

Positive Role Models & Representations

The characters are generally good people, but they're struggling and suffering through a terrible situation; their actions aren't particularly admirable, even if they're understandable.


Brief, startling zombie scares. Disturbing images include infected skin and maggots crawling from a wound. Rifle shown. Zombie killed with an axe. Child zombie killed (off screen). Broken finger; finger getting chopped off, with drips and trails of blood. Bloody face. Brief fighting. Suicide. Burning crops.


Teens kiss.


"Crap" and "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Brief mention of teens "getting into" dad's beer.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Maggie -- which stars Arnold Schwarzenegger -- is a zombie drama with an unusual (and touching) view of life and death. Adventurous teens may appreciate the movie's attempts at something different, but more traditional, die-hard zombie fans may find it slow and boring. Expect brief but very disturbing zombie violence/scares, including infected skin and creepy-crawlies, as well as dripping blood. A character breaks a finger and then chops it off. Zombies (including a child zombie) are killed, and a rifle is shown. There's some fighting, and suicide is an issue. Teens kiss in one scene, and there's a brief reference to teens getting into their dad's beer. Language is mild; just "crap" and "ass."

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byruthannbeloved November 26, 2015

Common Sense review is slightly misleading...

While this film is interesting, and really well filmed, my review is mostly to address the use of profanity in the film that common sense media seemed to overlo... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 May 9, 2015

It's The Walking Dead, but with more drama.

Maggie was emotional and well acted from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Abigail Breslin. I actually cried (it may be the movie or that I had allergies).
Teen, 15 years old Written bybiovox14 January 28, 2017

Conflicted feelings for this.

Well, really, there's not much to say. For an Arnold movie, there is no violence, sex, language, or really anything except some disturbing images. Not much... Continue reading

What's the story?

In MAGGIE, there's a zombie outbreak, and martial law has been enabled. Devoted dad Wade (Arnold Schwarzenegger) spends two weeks looking for his runaway daughter, Maggie (Abigail Breslin); he finds her in a hospital, bitten and infected with the zombie virus. Though Wade is obligated to take her to "quarantine," said to be a horrific place, instead he takes her home. As she grows sicker, and lethal symptoms start manifesting themselves, she begins the process of saying goodbye to her friends and loved ones. Wade, on the other hand, begins to contemplate the inevitable: When Maggie eventually becomes a deadly, flesh-eating zombie, he'll be responsible for dispatching her.

Is it any good?

Henry Hobson, a title designer and a director of the Oscar telecast, makes his feature directorial debut with this highly unusual, unexpectedly moving zombie film. He blankets the movie in ominous gray, creating a deadly quiet from which life attempts to spring forth, like the patch of daisies that Wade shows to Maggie. Hobson gives his characters the opportunity to truly contemplate life and death, with time to think and time to be afraid, as well as time to enjoy whatever's left.

Schwarzenegger was once cast opposite Danny DeVito for comic effect, but here, opposite the former Little Miss Sunshine, he forms a truly touching chemistry with his co-star; the result is the subtlest performance the Terminator actor has ever given. Some of the movie's conceits, like the mysterious "quarantine" center, threaten the film's delicate fabric, but ultimately, Maggie is a surprising zombie movie in which life and death actually mean something.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Maggie's violence. How much is shown and not shown? Is it designed to make you scream or to disturb you? What's the difference?

  • What's the appeal of zombie movies? Are they scary? What do they have to say about our society?

  • How would you describe the movie's father-daughter relationship? Does it feel realistic?

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