Movie review by Kelly Kessler, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Gripping tale of manipulation has cursing, violence.

R 1990 107 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 97 reviews

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age 16+

James Caan will be missed

“Misery” is movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Due to brief strong language and a scene of violence containing blood, it’s best to wait to show this movie to your kids when they are mature. Some of this will be hard to watch because in this movie, James Caan is paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair almost the entire time, while Kathy Bates manipulates him and treats him like garbage. None the less, this movie is a classic.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 13+

Great Steven King movie

Plenty of violence but older kids Should be able to handle it if They are mature enough. The hobbling scene is very intense but no blood. There is more intense scenes at the end including a typewriter being hit on the head and killing scenes. Overall, very suspenseful and the characters were well played! Great movie

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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