Parents' Guide to

Personal Shopper

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Kristen Stewart stars in entrancing, violent mystery.

Movie R 2017 105 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 17+

Slow and steady...

A slow and layered film that does not necessarily leave one satisfied but that is not the point. It is haunting and full of tension that requires one to be glued to the screen. Stewart owns the role and we willingly go on the ride. The use of the metaphysical is sly and taut.
age 17+


That movie is similar to Black Swan which was also a psychological thriller movie. There is a pair of moments where Kristen Stewart is seen topless. Also, there are strange moments where there flying things which seems to be ghosts, and this where we see a dead bloody body.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Working for the second time with French director Olivier Assayas, Stewart gives a superb performance in this mysterious, compelling story, balanced cleverly between the known and the unknown. Following their work on the excellent, Cesar Award-winning Clouds of Sils Maria, the pair revisits some of the same territory -- the world of elite celebrities and the regular people who work for them. But Personal Shopper steps directly into the supernatural as well, treating it not as a jump-scare gimmick but simply as a reality.

Assayas, whose career has hardly followed any kind of conventional path, successfully tells his story in a most unusual way, with Stewart frequently onscreen alone, yet still creating a tension between a professional exterior and an uncertain interior. A long sequence in which she simply texts should have been a bore, but it's riveting. Meanwhile, the ghost sequences don't follow any kind of traditional genre rules, and, notably, the main character never even sees them. This is a highly uncommon movie, but for bold viewers, it's a bracing, entrancing experience.

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