Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
Recovery Movie Poster Image
Routine, gory thriller with unappealing teen characters.
  • R
  • 2016
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Terrible things happen to the main characters; they're in desperate need of learning a lesson, but what happens isn't necessarily a result of their behavior, and any lessons learned are negligible.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The teen characters post their lives all over social media, cheat on each other, lie to their parents, drink, take drugs, covet certain possessions, behave selfishly, and treat each other -- and everyone else -- with disrespect.


Teen girls are kidnapped and held prisoner (one is locked in a crate, another handcuffed to a bed); they're meant to be "brides" for a creepy, shut-in young man. Teen girls are hit and thrown around. Characters are killed, with heavy blood and gore. Lower jaw bashed in with a baseball bat. Scary, mangled face. Throats sliced. Hitting in head with hammer. Stabbing. Axe through chest. Fighting, struggling, with baseball bats and chains. Attempted stabbing of an eye. Images of more torture victims briefly glimpsed on VHS tapes. Dead bloody rat.


Teens kiss/make out. Frequent sex talk and joking/innuendo from teens.


Heavy language, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," "p---y," "ass," "dumbass," and a middle-finger gesture.


References to Snapchat, Twitter, Photoshop, and other social media, apps, and phone paraphernalia. Reference to In & Out burgers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Teens drink at a party. Teen girls snort cocaine. (One girl later talks about the effects wearing off.) A younger teen boy smokes pot. Teen boys try to pass off medicine for pets as drugs for partying.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Recovery is a gory horror/thriller with tons of violence. Teens are frequently in peril, and girls are kidnapped and imprisoned to become "brides" for a creepy, shut-in young man. There's tons of fighting, bashing with blunt objects, stabbing, and slicing, with plenty of blood shown. Teens kiss, and there's plenty of sex talk and innuendo, as well as strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "p---y," and more). The teen characters also drink, smoke pot, and snort cocaine, and other teens try to pass off pet medication as prescription drugs for recreational use. Characters are obsessed with their phones and social media; their behavior is pretty appalling/irritating overall, and they don't seem to learn anything after their ordeal.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

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

Teen, 14 years old Written byHarry.trax February 24, 2017

Awful horror movie with bad acting, silly content and boring story!

Bad horror movie! The first part is tempting but really slow. You wait for something to happen.... The second part is stupid and predictable. Has some sex refer... Continue reading

What's the story?

In RECOVERY, Jessie (Kirby Bliss Blanton) thinks she has a new boyfriend ... until she attends a graduation party and sees him kissing someone else. A similarly jilted girl, Kim (Rachel DiPillo), invites Jessie to ditch the party and go dancing, and Jessie agrees. She invites another boy, Logan (Samuel Larsen), along, and her brother Miles (Alex Shaffer) talks his way into coming, too. After some drinking, dancing, and drugs, Kim disappears -- with Jessie's phone. Using a "recovery" app, the other three trace her to a creepy house, where a disfigured young man (James Landry Hebert) and his father (Michael Filipowich) are in the process of stalking and imprisoning young ladies to become part of their "family." And Jessie is their latest target.

Is it any good?

This gory thriller begins with selfish, unsympathetic characters and then takes them through a clumsy, routine "trapped in a house with a sadistic maniac" scenario with all its seams showing. Recovery shows just how skilled something like the similar-but-opposite Don't Breathe really is. That movie's characters were desperate but understandable outcasts -- rather than what we get here: spoiled, dishonest teens who are focused mainly on their own pleasures, identities, and possessions.

In the suspense sequences in Recovery,, the teens wander cluelessly through the house, supposedly looking for the phone and their friend but easily distracted. The filmmakers don't develop a sense of time or place, and so characters are left wandering for awkward lengths of time, can't seem to get from one place to another, and apparently can't hear anything, either. The best thing you can say about this movie is that, at the very least, it doesn't use shaky-cam or jump-scares, and its masked villain is somewhat effective (with his collection of Universal Monster posters, he may be more interesting than the protagonists).

Talk to your kids about ...

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love scares

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

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate