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By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Medical thriller mixes extreme violence, sex.

Movie R 2008 93 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Don't Bother.

Sick and pointless, no rational explanation and so on.Poor acting, script and way too violent and sexual.Not for children.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 17+

Mature only.

I love this movie. I think if the person that's seeing it knows what they are doing is wrong(murdering people to be able to play their "game") then it can't force the person to do it too.

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Great messages

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2):

Pathology is trying to shock audiences, and it does -- but at the same time, it at least does so through its characters and with bleak conviction. With recent PG-13 horror/thriller films like One Missed Call, Prom Night, and Shutter having breezed in and out of theaters, it's at least refreshing that PATHOLOGY makes no bones about what it is: A grisly, R-rated thriller. Director Marc Schoelermann has clearly been reading the David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) playbook, as his film takes place in a visually majestic (yet still terrifying) city of secrets and conspiracies.

Kudos also to screenwriters Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor for refusing to take any easy ways out with Ventimiglia's character; Ted isn't a starry-eyed innocent embroiled in trouble, but rather a willing participant in his own damnation. The movie succeeds in its mission, with more than just endless buckets of blood.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: April 16, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: September 22, 2008
  • Cast: Alyssa Milano, Michael Weston, Milo Ventimiglia
  • Director: Marc Schoelermann
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run time: 93 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: disturbing and perverse behavior throughout, including violence, gruesome images, strong sexual content, nudity, drug use and language
  • Last updated: October 8, 2022

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