Red Dragon

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Great, but too scary and violent for most teens.

R 2002 124 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 8 reviews

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age 13+

Mysterious and nerve racking film has some grisly violence and images

Red Dragon is a crime investigation film about FBI agent Will Graham taking on the case of a cold blooded killer nicknamed “the tooth fairy” who murders innocent families in cold blood. If the description doesn’t already explain enough, the film can be very violent and distressing to watch, so in this review I will be breaking down the nature content in 5 categories: VIOLENCE: A man is stabbed in the stomach, then stabs another man with 3 arrows making him fall back against a table and hurting him. Neither of them die but some blood is still shown along with injury. A man walks through a home where a crime scene took place and describes the murders. Dry blood is still covering the scene despite the bodies being removed. The scene includes description about child murder and putting broken shards of glass into eyes. Crime scene photos are briefly shown of a dead innocent family including children. Bloody and unsettling. A man is knocked out, then glued to a chair completely with absolutely no way to move. The man is then forced to watch disturbing images of a dead family with broken shards of glass put into their eyes along with bullet holes in their heads etc. (these images are very disturbing and bloody) until eventually the man has his tongue ripped out of his mouth then spat onto the floor. The tongue isn’t shown until it is spit out, however the scene is bloody and disturbing as the man screams in agony. 2 women are hit over the head with hard objects and killed (only one is shown) however no blood and the scene is very brief. A man is shot in the forehead with a suppressed pistol, a bullet hole is shown along with some blood spray. 2 people stand in a home, one wielding a shotgun. The other person (who is blind) is shown however the shotgun wielding man is not, and blood splatters on the other persons face suggesting suicide. When the dead body is briefly revealed we see a pile of goo (the mans blasted head). In a fight, a man is thrown up on the wall and slashed on the stomach spraying blood. 2 people shoot each other through a door hitting in both their chests. As they both lay on the floor a woman grabs a pistol and shoots one of the men in the face over and over. This scene shows a lot of bullet wounds and blood spray, and the final part where the man is shot in the face displays a lot of blood. LANGUAGE: Infrequent use of f*ck, sh*t, b*tch, pr*ck and f*ggot along with milder words. SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY: A drawing is shown displaying genitals, bare breasts in the opening titles. A man is shown exposing buttocks frequently throughout the movie as a part of his character and we also briefly see his genitals somewhat obscured through shadows. A woman grabs a mans crotch then puts her head down towards it as the camera zooms away on his face. OVERALL: 13+

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Too much violence
age 17+

Better than Hannibal, but still lacks the thrills and quirkiness of The Silence of the Lambs

It's an improvement over Hannibal, but it still isn't as great as The Silence of the Lambs! It has more thrills than Hannibal, and the performances are much better in this movie than they were in Hannibal! But it does not quite live up to The Silence of the Lambs! I recommend Red Dragon, it's a near great movie, but not as great as The Silence of the Lambs!

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