Movie review by M. Faust, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

One of the all-time great haunted house movies.

PG 1982 114 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 56 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 227 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 9+

Very good for Halloween

Very good movie not to scary kind of fake looking but a little creepy I think that it is a very good and a little funny I love this movie and you should watch

This title has:

Too much violence
age 9+

This movie is very good! (and a little bit scary)

I'm 9 years old and I would recommend to watch it at age 9 and up. I was scared at some parts but overall it wasn't very scary. The part that I thought was the scariest was when the kids doll pulled Robbie under the bed. But I think it would be fine for age 8 and up if they can handle going to bed by themselves and not be scared to wake up at 2am and think that something is under the bed.

This title has:

Great role models
Too much consumerism

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