Parents' Guide to

Pilgrimage

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Grim, serious tale with little excitement, tons of violence.

Movie NR 2017 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Life Lessons

The movie taught very good life lessons with minimal violence and honesty shouldn’t be rated so high for violence.
age 18+

Extreme violence

Such extreme sadistic violence I had to turn it off , and still had horrible images in my mind.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Brendan Muldowney directs this historical dirge, which is plagued by snooze-inducing seriousness, a dutiful reliance on genre chestnuts, and an overall lack of excitement. Game of Thrones this most certainly is not. Viewers who loved Holland's exuberance in Spider-Man: Homecoming will find none of that here; in Pilgrimage, he merely looks damp and confused. The actors speak (well, argue, mostly) in various languages, including Gaelic; there are subtitles, though all of it sounds tired. Bernthal comes off a bit better, perhaps due to the fact that his character has no dialogue; his expressive face and impressive physicality show that he's a true pro.

Muldowney's palette is gray and somber, and the music drones on, which will make viewers glad that they weren't around 800 years ago; it doesn't look like much fun. But, rather than keeping with any kind of old-fashioned motif, the director uses modern, wobbly hand-held camera for his muddy close-ups. Then, when the gruesome violence erupts, he responds with fast, choppy editing. Overall, this adventure-less adventure is about as thrilling as what the holy relic actually turns out to be when its box is opened.

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