Parent reviews for Natural Born Killers

Common Sense says

Bloody, violent, sexually explicit. Mature teens+.
Based on our expert review

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 16 reviews
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.
Adult Written byRarityfan2019 September 14, 2019

Born this Way

A must watch these days with the rising problems of gang violence around the World.

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Adult Written byFilmFan E January 28, 2019

Heavily stylised and though provocking yet extremely graphic and controversial

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 being a factor in many other crimes committed by youths since it's release. However, upon watching it I found a very different film to what was described to me. Sure it is very graphic and therefore inappropriate for under 17's and even then only mature audiences should watch it. But I found it to be a very thought provoking film. It questions the ethics of the medias involvement in glorifying people like the film's two main characters (a serial killer couple). It brings up people such as Charles Manson, and other infamous criminals who have almost been glorified and turned into household names by the media through the way that they are covered on the news. Natural Born Killers is a mockery of this and therefore is a very clever film which is sadly often misunderstood and blamed by the media for glorifying violence, something the film was blaming the media for. Overall this film should only be viewed by mature audiences preferably adults who can appreciate the film's clever satire.

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Adult Written byMartin_Canine July 1, 2016

Brilliant yet extremely brutal and disturbing media satire

"Natural Born Killers" is a thought provoking yet incredibly disturbing satire of serial killers and their media coverage, that can only be recommended for serious movie lovers.
It tells the story of two young criminals who go on a killing spree all through the nation with the press following their every step.
Throughout its running time, it is challenging the viewer, constantly pushing the limits of taste and delivering controversy after controversy. E.g., there is a scene that depicts how the two protagonists/antagonists met in the style of a sitcom, all including laughing tracks, which also strongly suggests her being raped by her father, and depicts the both of them killing him. The whole movie has an oddly romantic touch, despite lots of violence depicted.
Its storytelling is surreal, constantly switching between black and white and color, featuring subliminal messages, short clips and images.
For all its disturbing and often macabre content and direction, it is brilliant. It takes a plotline roughly similar to the story of Bonnie and Clyde, with the major difference of not only depicting the ugly truth left out in most film adaptions of their lives, but taking them to new extremes. What it ultimately shows is a world where criminals who kill and slaughter get more media attention than popstars and are seen as cultural icons. There are scenes where a journalist, searching for a hit story, argues with the two killers if they are "bigger" than other murderers, like Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, this film has something very true to it. But it is delivered with lots of creativity and the darkest of humour which makes this a gripping and visceral experience. Oliver Stone, who directed the movie, is known for his political and critical output, and he never released a more radical, shocking statement. ////

"Natural Born Killers" is a brutal movie throughout. People are viciously killed, including shootings, severed body parts (a finger in the opening scene, later on a body is ripped apart which is only seen from a distance and through a shaky camera), others are stabbed, beaten up, burnt, cut, hit with objects, or get stomped on. Some of the brief clips and images that are seen throughout the film have disturbing or gory visual content, but so does most of the film.
All of this is shown in a disturbingly jolly fashion, often combined with cheesy romance or even tasteless humour, which adds to the shocking atmosphere. Often the killings have a playful tone to them, as if the killers see them more like pranks. Furthermore, the criminals are on drugs (most prominently magic mushrooms) during much of their attacks. As a matter of fact, the entire movie has a trippy look and editing. Sex is present during the entire movie, with some female nudity shown, and different positions and with different partners. It has R-rated sexual content and it comes to little surprise the language features every four lettered word in the book, but all of this is overshadowed by the massive amount of violence in this film.
It takes a certain intellect and maturity to see that this movie does not glorify the violence but actually is tongue in cheek and criticizes how media depicts criminals and turns them to celebrities. On the other hand, this film is so artful and difficult to watch, it is unlikely people that are too young to watch it would enjoy it anyways, unless they are cinephiles. This film is suitable only for the most mature of teens.

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Adult Written bydarthsitkur August 1, 2012

between this and true romance, this is the better film

this review is for the uncut version, just like robocop 1 and 2 had satire, this movie is a satire of serial killers, and a great one too, it's full of nonstop action, blood and gore, and great performances from the ensemble cast, and the premise makes it sound like a horror film but it's actually an action thriller, and i think woody harrelson is the better lead than christian slater, that's why i think natural born killers is better than true romance, mainly because of woody harrelson
Adult Written bykimberleyjade April 21, 2012

NBK

Brilliant, one of the best films around!
Adult Written bygrizmaster1981 January 23, 2012

Columbine

Whomever made this film and whatever the theme of it is lost in its glorification of murder

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Parent Written byMax P. September 15, 2010

Filthy but engaging movie

This movie is full of filth. I am an adult and I found it to be incredibly offensive. I watched it a long time ago but even then it was probably the worst movie I had seen. That being said, it was well made and really engaging. The story was great, and it was well filmed. The content is not at all appropriate for kids and teens.

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Parent of a 11-year-old Written byJenoi January 8, 2010

No Impressionable Youth should see this movie.

This is a great movie for a stable adult who could appreciate the satire. It's a statement about the glorification of violence in our society, made like a mock documentary, and to an impressionable youth it could indeed glorify murder & mayhem, as it makes it seem like tons of fun and cool.

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Parent of a 14-year-old Written byMr. Boxbox September 23, 2009

Good for teens

Great film. Everybody talks about how extreme and violent this film is but when i saw it i was suprised that it was pretty tame.

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Parent of a 5, 9, 11, and 14-year-old Written byJamesRobertson January 4, 2009