Psycho

Movie review by Sarah Wenk, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Classic Hitchcock horror masterpiece still thrills.

NR 1960 109 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 47 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 168 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 15+

Suspenseful, but...

There is no substitute to the tension that Perkins and Leigh exude. The film was like sitting at the edge of a delicate antique chair that you dare not sit back on for fear of destroying the delicate beauty that hangs in a balance. Where the film goes off a deep cliff is the whole transvestites are homicidal weirdos part. It is a tired trope and an example of lazy writing. For the Hitchcockian suspense 5 stars. For the overdone storylines 1 star. Average 3 stars.
age 13+

15+ Rating is a little extreme; fine for teenagers

I think the R rating here as well as CSM's 15+ is pretty inaccurate. Yes this is not a film for small children and some elements are creepy but this is not really scary nowadays. Rather just a masterfully done thriller that any teen who is a movie fan should be able to enjoy without having to worry too much about content. There are a few scenes of Janet Leigh in her bra but they are not sexual and not that bad overall. Profanity is non existent unless you count Norman saying Oh God one time. The violence is not bad either. Yes for it's time it was shocking but it's very mild nowadays. Again if you have a teen who is a film fanatic 13 and up for this movie should handle it fine. I think this would definitely pass for a PG-13 nowadays, maybe even arguably a PG as the violence and frightening factor have tamed quite a bit since 1960. It's just an amazing movie in spite of being dated. Really a must see. Families with teenagers should be fine to watch.

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