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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Sci-fi vampire tale has weak characters, heavy violence.

Movie PG-13 2011 87 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 13+

Worse than Legion

Director Scott Stewart has managed to make a movie worse than his last film, Legion. Mr. Stewart is a special effects artist, not a director. Maybe he should stop trying to make terrible movies starring Paul Bettany, who was the lead character in both movies. I can't take another one of these movies. Anyway, parents should know that there is violence, obviously. Some blood and some language. Just please avoid the movie.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 16+


This movie could have been much better. The ending was abrupt and horrible, and definitely left the audience wanting. I would not advise watching this movie with early teens or children. There are some disturbing images and while I did not find the movie scary, I think a younger crowd would.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (7 ):

With PRIEST, former special effects man-turned-director Scott Stewart produces a movie much like his feature debut, Legion: It's great-looking but lifeless. The premise is an interesting combination of a post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie, vampire lore, and the American West, and it cooks up dazzling landscapes and sets that deserve comparison to Blade Runner. But after that, the movie simply borrows ideas without much joy or enthusiasm.

The dour, depressing, wooden characters don't help much. Not even memorable cult actors like Brad Dourif, Steven Moyer (of TV's True Blood) or Madchen Amick (formerly of Twin Peaks) can help. Nobody appears to be having much fun. The scary moments are old hat, and the fight scenes are gray and choppy and don't generate much excitement. Fans of the comic book by Hyung Min-woo would probably do better to stick to the printed page.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 13, 2011
  • On DVD or streaming: August 16, 2011
  • Cast: Cam Gigandet , Karl Urban , Maggie Q , Paul Bettany
  • Director: Scott Stewart
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio: Screen Gems
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Run time: 87 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: intense sequences of violence and action, disturbing images and brief strong language
  • Last updated: December 20, 2022

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