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Parents' Guide to

Natural Born Killers

By David Gurney, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.

Movie R 1994 118 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 16+

This title has:

Too much violence
age 18+

Very well-made, but EXTREMELY violent!

This film is very well-made, but it is probably the most violent movie I have ever seen. There isn’t even one scene that is free of violence and peril, and this movie serves as a representation of some of the most unthinkable and unspeakable violence imaginable. I have never seen a movie like it before, and it is one of those movies where when you see it once, you can’t see it again, at least not for a long time. It is also has strong sexual content, and the language is very strong all throughout the film. It is like “American Psycho”, where it is so chilling, that it is scary, and you wonder how there are people in this world who can be that sick. I appreciate the way the film was made, and how it involved the media so much, but I did not like it for how gratuitous the violence was. If one were to watch it, it would be a film to watch once, it is too explicit to watch over and over again. Despite the explicit content, it does have a great soundtrack. Well-made, but again, excruciatingly violent! Adults only!

This title has:

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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (16 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: August 26, 1994
  • On DVD or streaming: August 25, 2008
  • Cast: Juliette Lewis , Robert Downey Jr. , Woody Harrelson
  • Director: Oliver Stone
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 118 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: extreme violence and graphic carnage, for shocking images, and for strong language and sexuality
  • Last updated: July 14, 2023

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