Preteen girl looking at a cell phone with her parents

Personalized picks at your fingertips

Get the mobile app on iOS and Android

Parents' Guide to

Random Acts of Violence

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Gory, meta slasher movie doesn't go deep enough.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
Random Acts of Violence Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (3 ):

Jay Baruchel's adaptation of a 2010 comic delivers lots of gore and a few relatable characters. But its main theme, a meta meditation on violence in media and in real life, remains curiously superficial. As Random Acts of Violence begins with an intriguing look at Todd and Kathy's relationship, it looks as if it's going to have a certain dedication to character development. Certainly the movie's characters -- including Ezra and Aurora -- are fun and/or likable, but it's not long before they sputter and stall. Todd's writer's block, for example, isn't the most dynamic or visual thing, and Ezra is little more than a pest, forever badgering Todd to finish his book.

Moreover, the disconnect between Kathy's empathetic book about the victims and Todd's exploitative comic about the killer should have driven more of a dramatic wedge into the story and characters. But Random Acts of Violence never goes very deep. When the killings start, they all involve new characters who were introduced moments earlier, so there's no emotional connection for viewers. Finally, the commentary on violence just runs around in circles with a life-imitates-art-imitates-life motion without ever landing on an idea. Certainly gore hounds will squeal to the movie's creative killings, but Random Acts of Violence promises, and could have been, much more.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate