Parents' Guide to

Patriots Day

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Tense, exhausting story of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Movie R 2016 130 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

Good movie based on a true story is very tense and violent

This is a good movie that contains some very tense moments and some bloody violence.Best for mature teens

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 10+

Great movie but depends on your kid

This movie is very good and the pacing is good too. It's very intense, entertaining, and interesting. It shows the terrorist and their victims and how the FBI found them and overall it's a great movie. It's also historically accurate. I would recommend this for anyone that can handle this movie because my 10 year old son watched this and was fine. Violence- 4/5- Blood puddles after bombing, shooting, man run over by a car. Language- 4/5- lots of f bombs but it gets better as it goes on. Sex- 2/5- man in underwear/ kissing in bed.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (22):

For this tense real-life drama, director Peter Berg weaves a wide, vivid tapestry of Boston; it's an admirable feat, but his unrefined techniques grow exhausting after a long 130 minutes. Written by Berg, along with Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer, Patriots Day appears exhaustively researched, drawing on actual stories and events, though somehow making room for a star turn by Wahlberg (His character suffers from a bad knee and has been put on probation; he's exhausted and has seen too much, but keeps going.)

Berg puts it all together, finding the pulse of a city and showing extraordinary moments from ordinary citizens, giving the movie a strong sense of color and community. Yet the nauseating use of hand-held cameras, as well as a kind of constant, droning/thrumming musical score, tends to induce a jittery, squirmy quality rather than genuine suspense. (A documentary might have been better.) It's awfully draining, but the message at the end of the day is that community is powerful and love is stronger than hate; for that, it's worth seeing.

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