Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Brutal, bloody sci-fi thriller about an artificial being.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 4 reviews

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

Positive Messages

There's a vague warning about not trusting artificial beings.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some of the scientists show kindness and caring toward Morgan, which is admirable, even if bad things eventually come of it. Diversity within the scientist team.


Strong, bloody violence, with many deaths. Guns and shooting, stabbings. Brutal hand-to-hand fighting. Attacking, kicking, choking, head-butting, bashing with guns. A woman is stabbed in the eye and then seen wearing a bloody eye patch. Neck-biting, spitting out a chunk of flesh. An injured deer is shown, a tree branch protruding from its side; Morgan snaps the deer's neck. Intense car crash. Drowning. Hanged man. Fall from height. Tranquilizer darts. Suicide.


A man and a woman at the compound are lovers; their lovemaking is mentioned by others ("they're going at it pretty good") and described as noisy.


More than one use of "f--k," plus occasional uses of "s--t," "goddamn."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults have wine at dinner, whiskey at night (including swigging from a bottle).

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Morgan is a sci-fi/action thriller about a young lab-created girl who may have a deadly streak. There's lots of strong, bloody violence, with brutal fighting and killing, plus occasional shooting. There's also suicide, an injured deer (the deer's neck is suddenly snapped to put it out of its misery), stabbing, kicking, and biting (following by the biter spitting out a chunk of flesh). Language is infrequent but includes a couple of uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "goddamn." People talk about a couple that's "going at it pretty good" and making lots of noise during sex. And there's occasional social drinking (wine and whisky). The movie has a vague cautionary aspect -- i.e., don't trust artificial beings -- but nothing deeper. It's similar in many ways to Ex Machina, but with a great deal less to discuss.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMichael S. June 3, 2018

A dangerous child

It has been compared to Ex-Machina but it is closer in narrative to the movie 'Hanna". A young child is bred to become a dangerous weapon but they w... Continue reading
Adult Written byWorldsStrictestMoM September 3, 2016

OK movie, suitable for younger audiences, but very predictable.

The movie itself did not deserve its R rating AT ALL.
PG-13 would have sat fine with me, but definitely not R. It was very bland as far as mature subject matte... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byHarry.trax March 6, 2017

Good but predictable sci-fi thriller!

Fine thriller, has its letdowns but interesting story and good acting. Has strong violence but without much blood. (except one scene)
Age: 15+ For strong viol... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byperson1111 February 23, 2017


The is some disgusting scene (spoilers) mainly when Morgan bites someone neck. A somewhat interesting plot with a good twist.

What's the story?

In MORGAN, Lee Weathers (Kate Mara) from "corporate" arrives at a remote scientific compound after an accident, apparently to determine the validity of the research going on at the site. The research subject, Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy), was created and raised in a lab; now she's growing fast and seems to have gained some powerful abilities. Despite sympathy from doctors and researchers like Amy (Rose Leslie), Morgan has already injured Kathy (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Psychologist Dr. Alan Shapiro (Paul Giamatti) doesn't fare so well, either. And unfortunately, Shapiro sets off a chain of events that leads to Morgan's escape, with Lee responsible for going after her.

Is it any good?

Despite a great cast and similarities to Ex Machina, this sci-fi movie doesn't really have much to say outside of a vague cautionary message. And it doesn't offer much in the way of thrills aside from the many killings. It's the directorial debut of Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott, who also shot second-unit footage for his father's epic dud Exodus: Gods and Kings. While Morgan does have a few momentarily interesting visual ideas -- including the reflective glass cage in which Morgan lives, as well as the woods surrounding the compound -- Scott can't manage to tie these into the story or its themes (not to mention that these same visual ideas were used to much better effect in Ex Machina).

Then, when it all comes inevitably down to a chase/fight scenario, Scott chooses choppy editing and fast, whipping camera work, making it more disorienting than exciting. What's most perplexing is how such a phenomenal cast, including Leigh, Giamatti, Brian Cox, Michelle Yeoh, Toby Jones, and Mara, came on board for a script that feels so unfinished.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Morgan's violence. How does it make you feel? Do the characters face consequences for their actions? What's the impact of media violence on kids?

  • How does it affect the movie that the most important characters are female? Are they role models? Are they stereotypes?

  • Is Morgan a sympathetic character? Did you identify with her? Care about her feelings? What does the movie have to say about artificial beings in general?

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