Natural Born Killers

Movie review by
David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.
  • R
  • 1994
  • 118 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 15 reviews

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

Positive Messages

The point of the movie may be to criticize the media for glorifying violence, but it does this through more and more over-the-top violence, clouding the message for many viewers, especially younger viewers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Main characters are serial killers and are meant to be as bad as humans get.


Constant and vivid depictions of graphic murders, torture.


A father makes unwanted sexual advances towards his daughter. A man performs oral sex on a woman while on a car hood.


Constant swearing.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Use of and scenes depicting the effects of many drugs.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is an aggressive film that features a serial killer couple who kills indiscriminately. Violence is used liberally throughout the film in the form of graphic murder, beatings, and torture -- mostly perpetrated by the couple on their unsuspecting victims. Sex is shown and discussed, and is hardly ever in a loving form. A scene features a father making unwanted sexual advances toward his daughter. Another features a murder that begins with a man performing oral sex on a woman while on a car hood. Language is unrestrained and used quite violently intoned. Parents should note that an unrated director's cut is available on DVD with even more graphic violence and sexual situations added to the originally released version.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJing Jong Wu September 3, 2020

So educational

Let your kids watch it. It’s educational. Nothing bad about the movie that would be Innapropriate for kids.
Adult Written bysall311 April 9, 2008

I had to watch this for a film class... it was embarassing...

This movie should never been created. If you like this movie you are sick. It is LOOSLY based on Bonnie and Clyde, other than that, it is completely worthless.
Teen, 17 years old Written byBubsimodragon October 16, 2019


Natural Born Killers is one of those movies whose reputation precedes it. It was one of the films connected to the Columbine massacre and has been blamed for be... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymarilymansonfan420 February 22, 2019

I think it is ok

Listen, if your a kid or a present of a kid that wants to see this movie, try to discuss what the actual meaning of the movie is before/ after watching. If you... Continue reading

What's the story?

NATURAL BORN KILLERS tracks the rise to stardom of a serial killing couple, Mickey (Woody Harrelson) and Mallory (Juliette Lewis), as they blaze a trail of destruction across the U.S. and are eventually captured and jailed. The real stars of the film aren't Mickey and Mallory, but rather, the many aspects of the news and entertainment media that are regurgitated and lampooned throughout the film. Wayne Gale (Robert Downey, Jr.) is an overzealous TV reporter caught up in the frenzy of pursuing the couple.

Is it any good?

With the focus of the film being on the media reaction to Mickey and Mallory's crimes, the plot mechanics don't really demand much viewer attention. In a sense, the most important single character is Gale, whose obliviousness to the effects of his news reports on an increasingly sadistic audience acts as a model for the media machine Stone criticizes. Ultimately, this film is a satire with no soft edges or rays of hope. Those unwilling to see the film as a criticism of media violence may misinterpret it as an exaggerated celebration of the violent main characters. As such, this is a film that will only satisfy those already inclined towards negative views of the media, and only the most open-minded of those folks at that.


Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. The film was intended to criticize the media for glorifying violence. Is it successful? Would you have gone about it differently?

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